My father was a Baptist, more specifically, a Southern Baptist. Millard Cheek was the preacher at our church. Every Sunday ol’ Millard would bore the adult men to sleep while their wives would nudge them, or in some cases, give them the elbow, to keep them from falling asleep. Fortunately the men did not usually take an elbow until they began to snore…While others were drowsing I would pay rapt attention. Then, right before time to “pass the hat,” for collections, Millard would close the large Bible, pick it up, and SLAM! it on the podium. The congregation would come ALIVE. Later I would ask my father questions he could not answer, and he would invariably tell me that to become a Christian I would have to “accept the word of God like a sheep,” and never question. I was full of questions…and did not like the thought of becoming like a sheep. My father took me to see Millard in hopes he could answer my questions. He, too, was unable to answer my questions, so he, too, told me I should just “accept.” Later I heard my father tell my mother Millard had said, “There’s something wrong with your boy.”
The Reverend Billy Graham was BIG in the South, and he was somewhat large in our house. Franklin Graham
is the son of Billy,
and has followed his father in the family business. Franky has made many controversial statements, too numerous to mention, something his father did not do, at least publicly.
UK officials call for banning Franklin Graham amid planned 2018 visit
Several government officials in the United Kingdom want the country to refuse entry to the Rev. Franklin Graham for an upcoming visit, saying the Asheville-born evangelical preacher promotes hate speech.
I thought of this when seeing the headline:
Reverend Franklin Graham: Trump not ‘President Perfect,’ but has Christian values
Trump Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payment for Adult-Film Star’s Silence
Agreement just before election required woman to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, people familiar with the matter say
By Michael Rothfeld and Joe Palazzolo
“Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:23-24).