Reverend Franklin Graham, son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, urged Christians “to get involved in government” and “in politics,” noting that “gays and lesbians are in politics” and “all the anti-God people are” as well.
He further said that Christians must speak up even though their enemies will “mock you” and “turn their back on you” because that is the “price to be paid,” and added that the “only hope” for America is to “repent of its sins” and turn back to “the God of our Fathers.”
“I’m here to tell you, church, God loves each and every one and Christ died for our sins, and we’ve got a responsibility to take this message to the ends of the Earth,” said Rev. Graham at the Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference on Jan. 26. “And I want to encourage you to take a stand in your communities.”
“Get involved in government,” he said. “Get involved in politics. Who says we can’t be in politics? The gays and lesbians are in politics, I can tell you that. All the anti-God people are in politics. They’re there.”
“Why shouldn’t the church be there?” said Graham. “Who says we can’t speak up? Who says our voice can’t be heard? Get involved.”
The pastor, who oversees the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) founded by his father, urged the audience to follow God and the Bible but warned that once a person seriously does that, “there is a price to be paid.”
““Let me tell you something, there is a price to be paid,” said Rev. Graham. “There is a cost and you better understand it. Because if you accept Christ, there are people that will mock you. There are other people when you go to school or you go to work, they’ll go, ‘Oh, you’re one of those Bible thumpers now.’ Right?”
“They’re going to mock you and they’re going to turn their back on you, and they’ll be neighbors that may have been your friends that are not going to be your friends anymore.,” he said. “There is a price to be paid. Count the cost.”
Graham continued, “Because if you’re not willing to pay the cost, don’t put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. All right? Because He said if you deny Me before men I’ll deny you before My Father. This is no game. This is not something you play at. This is real business.”
Although Rev. Graham encouraged Christians to get involved in politics, he stressed that people should not place their hope in any one particular party or candidate, emphasizing that the solution rests in a return to God.
“I’m here to tell you that the only way, the only hope is not a Republican, it’s not a Democrat or whoever,” said the reverend. “The only hope is that this country repents of its sins and turns once again to the God of our fathers, and to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ -- [otherwise] there is no hope.”
In addition to overseeing the BGEA, Franklin Graham is the president of the international relief group Samaritan’s Purse.