Rev. Franklin Graham. (BGEA)
Commenting on how the liberal media and polls were totally wrong about Donald Trump -- for months and going into Election Day -- Reverend Franklin Graham said they "have offered an infinite variety of reasons for why" Trump won and Clinton lost, but missed the most important element: "The God Factor." He also stressed that Christian Americans must not let down their guard and must continue to pray for this nation that is in "rebellion against God and His ways."
"Were they ever wrong!" Rev. Graham said of the mainstream media and virtually every poll in his January 2017 commentary in Decision magazine, published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Trump won 30 states and 306 electoral votes; Clinton won 232 electoral votes.
"The media have offered an infinite variety of reasons for why Donald Trump won and Hillary Clinton lost," said Rev. Graham, "but I believe there is one crucial component that played a huge part in the election process and eventual outcome. I’ve called it 'the God factor.'"
"The church of the Lord Jesus Christ—millions and millions of Christians—called out to Almighty God in prayer throughout the year, asked for His providential hand to restore and guide our nation, and engaged in the political process by flocking to rural and urban polling places to vote," said the reverend. "They also committed themselves to look at candidates running for office on every level—local, state and national—and to cast their vote for those who best represented Biblical values."
Given the election results, Graham said, "I believe the Lord has given us a window of opportunity for our nation to repent, turn away from our iniquities and turn back to Him." America must turn back to God, he emphasized because our problem is not a political or economic one -- it is a spiritual problem.
"The fundamental core of our nation’s troubled state isn’t a political, economic or social issue," he said. "It’s a spiritual problem—a hardened heart bent toward rebellion against God and His ways. A people, a nation that honors and acknowledges God will reap the blessings of obedience."
"A nation, a people, that repeatedly defies and dishonors God on a corporate or personal level will ultimately reap the bitter fruits of disobedience," he said.
"This is not a time to let our guard down," said Rev. Graham. "This is not a time to sit back and trust that politicians will solve our problems. As I said over and over on our Decision America Tour, I have no hope in either the Democratic or Republican party. I do not hope in kings or presidents. I do not hope in senators or representatives."
Painting of George Washington praying. (Public domain.)
My hope is in Almighty God alone," said Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham.
Americans need to pray for our leaders and "for a spiritual awakening across our land," said Graham. "Nothing in this world is more valuable or eternal than our souls, which will live forever either in the presence of the Savior in Heaven, or away from His presence in Hell."