During a recent interview with the Associated Press to promote his new book titled Through My Father’s Eyes, which honors the life and legacy of the late great evangelist Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Rev. Billy Graham’s son and heir apparent to the Graham empire, took a few minutes to speak in support of President Donald Trump and specifically address the whole Trump/Daniels affair (no pun intended) dominating the news right now. Graham said, “I think this thing with Stormy Daniels and so forth is nobody’s business. And we’ve got other business at hand that we need to deal with. I don’t have concern, in a sense, because these things happened many years ago – and there are such bigger problems in front of us as a nation that we need to be dealing with than other things in his life a long time ago. I think some of these things – that’s for him and his wife to deal with. This stuff happened 12 years ago. This isn’t behavior that has taken place since he’s been president. These things happened long before he became president. That doesn’t make it right. I don’t defend those kinds of relationships he had. But the country knew the kind of person he was back then, and they still made the decision to make him the president of the United States.”
Now, the truth is that America does indeed have many other large-scale issues to iron out as a nation. The truth is also that most Americans, besides self-pronounced Trump-haters heralding from the left and gunning for his demise, do not care about President Trump’s affair with porn star Stormy Daniels or any other woman for that matter as it does not affect their lives in any way, shape, form, or fashion, other than giving them something to gossip about with friends. However, as a Raw Story report points out,
[T]he Franklin Graham of 2018 sounds very different from the Franklin Graham of 1998.
“Private conduct does have public consequences,” Graham wrote in a 1998 Wall Street Journal op-ed titled, “Clinton’s Sins Aren’t Private.”
“Just look at how many have already been pulled under by the wake of the president’s sin: Mr. Clinton’s wife and daughter, Ms. Lewinsky, her parents, White House staff members, friends and supporters, public officials and an unwitting American public,” Graham wrote.
He continued, saying, “the God of the Bible says that what one does in private does matter. Mr. Clinton’s months-long extramarital sexual behavior in the Oval Office now concerns him and the rest of the world, not just his immediate family. If he will lie to or mislead his wife and daughter, those with whom he is most intimate, what will prevent him from doing the same to the American public?”
“A repentant spirit that says, ‘I’m sorry. I was wrong. I won’t do it again. I ask for your forgiveness,’ would go a long way toward personal and national healing,” Graham advises.
Well, it is now the wake of President Trump’s sin that is slowly pulling people under. Granted, the affair itself, not so much. Rather, in this case, it is Trump’s constant lying about the affair and lying about the hush money paid to Mrs. Daniels that is endangering the livelihoods of those in his administration and threatening to dismantle his presidency. Clearly, Trump lied to his third wife, now First Lady Melania Trump, who was reportedly pregnant with their son during the time of his affair with Stormy. Clearly, Trump is now lying to the American public in a feeble, nonsensical attempt to mislead them from the obvious truth of his sins. Franklin Graham and his fellow evangelicals are displaying a double standard by consistently defending President Trump no matter what wickedness of his comes to light and by refusing to urge him to privately, and at this point publicly, have, in the words of Graham to Clinton, ‘[a] repentant spirit that says, ‘I’m sorry. I was wrong. I won’t do it again. I ask for your forgiveness.’’ No matter if the president is Republican or Democrat and no matter if the president is allowing you full access to his power or not, as a true Christian, you should very easily stand strong, unswayed by any offers of appeasement, and condemn the unrighteousness of “the most powerful man in the world” (having first confessed your own unrighteousness, of course) and guarantee him instant forgiveness through Christ. As a true Christian, you should not have a price at which your conscience and your tongue can be purchased. Beware evangelicals, your rather short-sighted hypocrisy is showing and it will all backfire in time to come.
– Dante Spellman