Martin Marty on Billy Graham.
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I don’t think it will be a surprise for anybody if I said I do not like Franklin Graham. Nor do I think he cares much. Worse for him though is that, the saying goes, his father, Billy Graham, does not like him too much either. And how could one like such a big mouth that, more often than not, speaks before his mind starts running and the two catch up when the damage is already done? Billy Graham, who, in spite of his human mistakes, was a world level diplomat, knows better than that.
Franklin, like many American fundamentalist Evangelicals today, picks regularly on the Muslims. Since everything is, supposedly, perfect with their own religion, they are now on a… crusade? (good heavens) to sort out the religions of others. At any price, as long as they are not the ones paying for it.
It seems that Franklin has done it again, in the context of the Koran burning rage, and, thus, he became, again, the topic of Martin Marty’s musings in the latest issue of Sightings. Here it is, fully deserved. As Kate Moos, from Speaking of Faith, says here, ‘Martin Marty rarely swings for the fences, but when he does, he knocks it out of the park’.
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and seek your direction and guidance.
We know your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good,” but that’s exactly what we’ve done.
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values.