Franklin Graham’s Total Lack of Moral Judgment

Some Christians delight in claiming that if you don’t believe in God you can’t possibly be a moral person. I would suggest that fundamentalist leaders like Franklin Graham prove the opposite, that their belief in a bigoted, barbaric God destroys any hope that they might ever develop a serious moral vision. Here he is ranting about World Vision’s very brief foray into non-discrimination:

On the heels of these upheavals, it was particularly jolting when those who call themselves Christians departed from the clarity of God’s Word, as the leadership of World Vision U.S. did in March when they announced their employment of “gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages.” The very day World Vision announced its great compromise on a basic truth of Scripture—that a homosexual lifestyle is sin and that marriage is between one man and one woman—the Supreme Court began hearings to determine if the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, should be required to provide life-terminating drugs and devices in their employee health care plan, contrary to the Christian family’s spiritual convictions.

The contrast was stunning. While the Christian-owned business stood up against a federal government bent on forcing them to compromise the right to life, a Christian charity compromised the sacredness of marriage, stating that “it’s the right thing to do for unity within the church.” Forty-eight hours after World Vision’s announcement, they were forced to reverse their epic decision after a flooding backlash from offended donors.

The Bible gives strong warning to those who tamper with God’s truth. “From among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away [followers] after themselves” (Acts 20:30).

The charity’s original announcement was personally shocking to me because World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse were founded by the same man, my mentor and dear friend, the late Dr. Bob Pierce. Much of my adult life has been guided by something he often said: “I want my heart to be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” I believe the heart of God was broken by the decision of the board of directors of World Vision. This is no small matter. I was as grieved by it as I have been by anything in my lifetime of ministry, because the heart of World Vision was revealed—a disregard for biblical truth.

Really, Franklin? You were more grieved by an organization that helps starving children around the world taking the perfectly reasonable position that gay people can help feed kids too than you are by the existence of the starving kids? Then you’re a complete failure as a human being.

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  • colnago80

    It is my understanding that Graham once tried to convince then Israeli Prime Minister Sharon to raze the Dome of the Rock Mosque in order to construct the 3rd Temple, which is supposedly a necessary condition for the return of Yeshua ben Yusef of Nazareth. Of course, the fact that such an action would trigger a religious war between Christians and Muslims apparently bothered Graham not a bit.

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    One of the special moments for me in viewing “God’s Not Dead” was the moment when the Arab girl is secretly studying Christianity in her bedroom and the camera zooms in to reveal that she is listening to a podcast by … Franklin Graham! The poor thing. If she found the preaching of Franklin Graham sufficient to cause her to renounce her family’s religion and turn to Christianity, she was remarkably weak-willed. Franklin Graham relative to his father Billy Graham is an excellent example of “reversion to the mean.”

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Some Christians delight in claiming that if you don’t believe in God you can’t possibly be a moral person.

    How can one claim to be a moral person if one wholly accepts one’s ideas of right and wrong from a supreme supernatural authoritarian? That’s not “morality” that’s servitude. In order to hold a moral position, one must have thought through the situation and be able to articulate why they feel one choice or another is right or wrong. That’s what having beliefs and morals means – otherwise the believer may as well be a computer or a meat robot that is simply programmed to regurgitate what their maker told them to say.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    ARE YOU REALLY OKAY WITH GAYHOMOS GIVING FOOD TO STARVING PEOPLE?! DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT DOES TO THEIR SOULS?!

  • raven

    Some Christians delight in claiming that if you don’t believe in God you can’t possibly be a moral person.

    Those same xians also believe the universe is 6,000 years old and the sun orbits the earth, Geocentrism.

    We see the opposite. You can be a good person and be a xian!!! It makes it harder though, a lot harder.

  • dingojack

    MODUS – You are so right. Won’t anyone think of the SOULS?!? All that walking around giving out food, those poor GAYHOMOS will get calloused feet (even bunions!)

    :) Dingo

  • dhall

    colnago80;

    I would suggest that seeing Israel trigger such a religious war by destroying the mosque is exactly what Graham wants. Such an all-out war between Israel and its neighbors is believed by many to be necessary to bring about the End Times and all that rubbish, to set the stage for the Second Coming. Of course, the Israelis and their Muslim opponents are all bound for hell anyway; that’s the thanks they’ll get for enabling Jesus to return.

  • eamick

    Franklin Graham relative to his father Billy Graham is an excellent example of “reversion to the mean.”

    In more than one sense.

  • raven

    to raze the Dome of the Rock Mosque in order to construct the 3rd Temple, which is supposedly a necessary condition for the return of Yeshua ben Yusef of Nazareth.

    1. Jesus is god, who can do anything. Why doesn’t jesus just show up whenever he likes, wherever he likes like any other god, person, or pet.

    2. If jesus is gone, why do people keep praying to him? Are all those prayers ending up on his answering machine?

    3. Why does the Third Temple have to be right on top of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. It could be any where, NYC, Miami, Tel Aviv, etc.. In fact, there is room even in the Old City, for a huge temple. There are a whole lot of churches in the xian quarter, that are old and in the way. I’m sure the xians would be ecstatic to donate that land for a Third Temple for jesus.

  • Michael Heath

    Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham

    George W. Bush, the son of George H.W. Bush

    Mitt Romney, the son of George Romney

    I think all three pairs are emblematic of a generational shift in political ideology from the so-called greatest generation to the silent generation along with the establishment-friendly portion of the older baby boomer generation.

    In the first-half of the 20th century it was the practice of liberalism that saved much of the world from both tyranny and un-regulated/crony capitalism, leading to an explosion of global economic growth and freedom for more people.

    The U.S. generation that followed this success were able to casually fall-in to their own personal success given the conditions that existed after WWII in the U.S. These later generations thought they’d earned their success as if in a vacuum, that their success came solely by their own efforts.

    I think the great quote by Ann Richards about George W. Bush, “He was born on third base thinking he hit a triple.”, can be applied to much of the two generations that followed WWII. Even the working class who left high school in the 1950s through mid-1970s with a poor education, still largely ended up with financial security given the awesome opportunities afforded to them via the sacrifices of earlier, more liberal, generations.

    I see this at a grass roots level as well. The people I know who were adults during WWII are more far more liberal, reasonable, and empathetic, than their progeny who came of age in the 1950s’ through mid-1970s.

  • colnago80

    Re raven @ #9

    Hey, I’m just stating what, apparently, many born again Christians believe. It is my understanding that this requirement is at least hinted at somewhere in the Christian Bible but I couldn’t swear to it.

  • raven

    Hey, I’m just stating what, apparently, many born again Christians believe. It is my understanding that this requirement is at least hinted at somewhere in the Christian Bible but I couldn’t swear to it.

    Yeah, I know. I’m just making fun of the incoherent beliefs of the fundies.

    wikipedia:

    Many Evangelical Christians believe that New Testament prophecies associated with the Jewish Temple, such as Matthew 24–25 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1–12, were not completely fulfilled during the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 (a belief of Full Preterism) and that these prophecies refer to a future temple. This view is a core part of Dispensationalism,…

    I don’t know where they got the Third Temple idea. Even wikipedia wasn’t much help. AFAICT, they just made it up like most of what they believe.

  • felidae

    Franklin, Son of the Master Grifter, spake thus: Don’t send your money to those who obey the Biblical injunction to feed the hungry–send it to me so I can bash the perverts in the name of Jesus

  • dhall

    #10 – please don’t over-generalize about an entire generation; that’s not only insulting but intellectually lazy. A lot of us who graduated from high school in the 60s and 70s are bloody liberal, worked our butts off to accomplish whatever we have, and sure as hell have no sense of entitlement. We have nothing in common with the younger sons you listed other than age.

  • Synfandel

    “From among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away [followers] after themselves” (Acts 20:30).

    Mr. Graham seems bent on proving this bit of prophesy true by his example.