Jerushah Armfield, the granddaughter of famous evangelist Billy Graham, has said that her uncle Franklin Graham should cut down his praise for President Donald Trump, whom she argued has not shown himself to be a Christian in his words and deeds.
“I think my uncle is an incredible — he has an incredible humanitarian ministry that’s been on the front lines often before a lot of ministries have been there,” Armfield told CNN’s Pamela Brown in an interview posted on Tuesday.
“I think he probably needs to stick to doing that. I think he believes he’s speaking to a larger audience than he is. I think the audience he was once speaking to is starting to migrate to a little more progressive open mindedness,” she added.
Armfield took issue with the narrative around American evangelicals and the way, she claimed, that many seem to have compromised on personal morals in order to support Trump and other controversial figures, such as former Alabama candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore.
She noted that the term “evangelical” was meant to distance believers from fundamentalists, but has “started to really represent, actually, a branch of Christians that seemed to be a little more conservative and a little bit more hypocritical, a little bit more willing to compromise on the personal morals of a candidate in lieu of what politically they could gain for their party.”
Billy Graham’s granddaughter, who is an author and pastor’s wife in South Carolina, also dismissed Trump’s suggestions that there has been a “war on Christmas.”
What is more, she argued that the president “has not shown” himself to be a Christian.
“My Jesus that I follow was really somebody who fought for the outliers, and I think that Trump has actually done the opposite in kind of ostracizing them,” she asserted.
Armfield has criticized her uncle for supporting Trump in the past as well, and in January told The Washington Post that Franklin Graham’s suggestion that Trump is an ambassador for Jesus “diminishes not only my Jesus but all he stood for and came to Earth to fight against.”
She positioned at the time that Trump “encouraged racism, sexism and intolerance, exactly what Jesus taught against.”
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Source: Christian Post