Rev. Franklin Graham. (BGEA)
Commenting on the need for Christians to run for public office, Rev. Franklin Graham said that when Christians do not get involved, political “garbage” is the result, and he noted in particular a mayor in Charlotte, N.C. who is pushing a pro-gay agenda to allow transgenders to use the bathroom of their choice.
“That’s what happens when Christians don’t vote,” said the reverend, who added that the result was “wicked” and “evil.”
“Men belong in men’s bathrooms and women belong in women’s bathrooms, and we don’t need men and predators going into women’s bathrooms, I’m just telling you,” he said.
Rev. Graham made his remarks during a stop in Atlanta, Ga., on Feb. 10 as part of his Decision America Tour 2016, a 50-state campaign recently started where he holds prayer rallies and urges people to get involved in the electoral process. (Video courtesy of Georgia Baptist Mission Board.)
Rev. Graham has not endorsed any candidates for office and has said he has no faith in either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party, but that his faith is in God.
In his talk, the reverend said, “Have you thought about mayors’ races? How important mayor races are? And how we need Christian mayors across this country.”
“Could you imagine the impact if every community and every city across this great land of ours was run by Christian men and women in that office as mayor, the difference that that would make in our cities, if we had Christian mayors?” he said.
“We had a recent election in Charlotte, and about 90% of the Christians stayed out of that election,” said Rev. Graham. “It was an election for the mayor. And we got a woman and her goal is the gay-lesbian agenda, trying to get transgenders into the bathrooms.”
“So that if a person wakes up in the morning and they feel like they’re a woman, that’s a man, and he wants to go into a ladies’ restroom, then they can do that,” said the reverend. “And that’s her goal.”
Homosexual rainbow flag. (AP)
“And I can tell you right now that that’s wicked and that’s evil,” said Rev. Graham. “Men belong in men’s bathrooms and women belong in women’s bathrooms, and we don’t need men and predators going into women’s bathrooms, I’m just telling you.”
“Now, that’s what happens when Christians don’t vote,” he said. “That’s what we get, this is the kind of garbage we get. We need men and women who will stand up for truth.”
Franklin Graham, 63, is the son of world-renowned preacher Billy Graham. He is married and has five children, and he oversees the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international Christian relief group Samaritan’s Purse.