Edward Graham, Grandson of Billy Graham, Says ‘God is Bigger Than Tax Exemption’ After Beto O’Rourke Declared He Would End Tax Breaks for Churches and Religious Organizations That Oppose Same-sex Marriage

Ed Graham, assistant to the Vice President of Samaritan’s Purse, speaks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on October 12, 2019. | Courtesy of Values Voter Summit

Edward Graham, grandson of the late Rev. Billy Graham, said he believes that even if a future administration stripped churches and nonprofits of their tax-exempt status because of opposition to same-sex marriage, God would still provide.

At CNN’s Equality Townhall, news opinion host Don Lemon asked Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke if he supported ending the tax exemption of colleges, churches and charities that oppose same-sex marriage.

“Yes,” responded O’Rourke. “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us.

Graham, a U.S. Army veteran who began working for Samaritan’s Purse in December 2018, moderated a panel on the ministries of Samaritan’s Purse at the Values Voters Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Saturday.

In an interview with The Christian Post following the panel, Graham said he found O’Rourke’s comment “silly” and doesn’t believe anyone [takes him] “seriously as a candidate.”

“I think he’s playing to the extreme left and the young progressive movement that is in this country. So I laugh when I hear that,” said Graham.

Regarding the possibility of Samaritan’s Purse losing its tax exemption for its stance on sexual ethics, Graham responded that “God is bigger than tax exemption.”

“We don’t exist because we’re a business or it’s about the money,” he told CP, “there is a need and God gives us the resources and entrusts us with those resources to His work.”

“If they did that, I think God is so big, He would give us beyond what we need in order to accomplish our task.”

In addition to Graham, the panel featured leadership from Samaritan’s Purse, namely Luther Harrison, vice president for North American Ministries; Ken Isaacs, vice president for Programs and Government Relations; and Randy Riddle, senior director for Operation Christmas Child; and Todd Chasteen, vice president for Public Policy.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski