On Monday night, Will Graham, the grandson of Dr. Billy Graham, addressed officers and their spouses at the first Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.
According to Lizzy Long, writing for the BGEA, Will Graham said: “First and foremost, if there’s something I want you to know, it’s that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association loves you. … We appreciate what you do. You make our community safe, [and] you look out for us.”
Mentioning his father, Franklin Graham, wished he could be there, Will Graham explained how Franklin had been the driving force for this initiative after seeing the heavy toll placed on officers the past year.
On behalf of the BGEA, Long stated The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team hosted the final appreciation dinner Wednesday night. In 2021, the ministry plans to expand these events and others to cities that have faced civil unrest.
As officers entered BGEA headquarters, located just behind the Billy Graham Library, they caught a glimpse of Christmas at the Library, an annual Library event each December. They watched as horse-drawn carriages traveled down lit walkways and past brightly decorated trees.
“I feel like there’s more light shone on the negative side of law enforcement, like when there’s a bad cop that does something,” added Andrew, still dressed in uniform from his afternoon shift. “That gets more attention and press than the good stuff. It’s nice to be appreciated and attend an event where you feel welcomed and loved.”
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Will Graham addresses the crowd in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Dining Hall.
As Will Graham spoke from Matthew 27 in the Bible, he referred to the “No. 1 law enforcement officer mentioned in the New Testament”—Pontius Pilate.
Graham compared the role Pilate held to law enforcement today, sharing how they both are required to make decisions in real-time.
“This man was hated. He represented the law of Rome and had to enforce it,” Graham said.
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SOOURCE: Assist News