Expressing shock and disappointment that some presidential contenders, such as socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), support abortion on demand, no restrictions, and Marxist ideas such as nationalization of industry and Cuban-style health care, Rev. Franklin Graham urged Christians "to pray for our nation" and the "upcoming elections." He added that Americans need to register to vote, "otherwise we will lose our country."
In a Feb. 12 post on Facebook, the evangelical leader said, "The Democratic Party has changed so much that it’s hard to believe. Just a few days ago Bernie Sanders declared that 'being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat.' That’s shocking and disturbing."
"He also vowed, 'I will never nominate any person to the Supreme Court or the federal courts in general who is not 100% pro Roe v. Wade,'" said Graham, son of the late Pastor Billy Graham.
"He went further to write, 'We have got to codify Roe v. Wade into law and significantly expand funding for Planned Parenthood,'" noted Graham. Where is the voice of those in the Democratic Party who disagree? Where’s the outcry against this and the acceptance of socialism?"
"This is an example of why it is so important for people of faith to research who you vote for in every election and understand where they stand on issues that are important to you," said Rev. Graham. "I urge Christians to pray for our nation, our leaders, and the upcoming elections, from local to national."
"Make sure that you are registered to vote, otherwise we will lose our country," said Graham.
Senator Bernie Sanders, 78, is an independent who caucuses with the Democrats. For decades, Sanders has described himself as a socialist and he has praised aspects of communist/socialist regimes.
In the 1980s, Bernie Sanders praised the Marxist Sandinistas in Nicaragua. In 1988, Sanders went on a 10-day honeymoon/business trip in the Communist Soviet Union. In 1989, Sanders visited Communist Cuba.
"For better or for worse, the Cuban revolution is a very profound and very deep revolution," Sanders said in 1989. "Much deeper than I had understood. More interesting than their providing their people with free health care, free education, free housing ... is that they are in fact creating a very different value system than the one we are familiar with."
An estimated 73,000 people were killed in Communist Cuba for political reasons.
Sanders supports abortion without restrictions, "gay marriage," and a national, government-run health care system.