Responding to the backlash over his proposed “special day of prayer” in support of President Trump against his “enemies,” evangelical leader and evangelist Franklin Graham warned that if the Democrats go through with impeachment, it could spark a civil war in the US.
Speaking to The Christian Post this Thursday, Graham explained his reasoning behind his call to prayer, which is set for this coming Sunday.
“I am not asking people to endorse him. That is not that point of this prayer,” Graham said. “This is not an election year. So I don’t see how it could be political. He is the president. People have voted for him. He is in office and he is carrying out the duties of the presidency. He needs our prayers.”
Graham admitted that events in D.C., such as Robert Mueller‘s first public statements on his investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia, played a role in his idea.
I want to remind everyone of the importance of praying for @POTUS @realDonaldTrump this Sun., June 2. We need to pray for him as he carries out his duties, that God will give him wisdom in every decision he makes & protect him from his enemies who would like to see him fall. 1/3
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) May 30, 2019
“I think what is going on in Washington has something to do with [my call to prayer],” Graham said. “It has bothered me and it has been a burden on my heart because this president is being attacked more than any president in modern history; attacked by the press more than Abraham Lincoln.”
According to Graham, the media and Trump’s opponents are “doing everything they can to destroy him.”
“What we need to remember is that he is the president. That doesn’t mean that he is a perfect person. He is flawed like all of us. He has made plenty of mistakes but he is the leader of this nation. We have got huge problems in front of us.”
Graham says that Trump is riddled with “false accusations” that only serve to hurt the country. He added that Trump “probably will go down as one of the great presidents of our country.”
The son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham went on to warn of dire consequences should Democrats go forward with impeachment.
“If the president was brought down for whatever reason, it could lead to a civil war. There are millions of people out there that voted for President Trump that are behind him that are angry and they are mad. We are just living in a very dangerous territory and we need God’s help.”
In a piece published this Friday, CNN Religion Editor Daniel Burke wrote that Graham’s special day of prayer “seems designed to drive positive media coverage of the President, shifting the narrative from a presidency in peril to one buoyed by Trump’s most loyal bloc: white evangelicals,” adding that some “have accused Graham of “weaponizing” prayer and turning it into a pro-Trump propaganda tool.”
“Sunday’s event is a near-perfect embodiment of political evangelicalism in the Age of Trump: It blends Christian nationalism, the idea that the United States has a special place in God’s plans and Trump is God’s agent; social media, where it’s hard to separate the wheat of grassroots support from the chaff of Russian bots; and it has seriously irked Christians who say Graham and others have sold their souls for a mess of political pottage,” Burke writes.
Either way, let’s hope the civil war thing doesn’t catch on.
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