Christian evangelist Franklin Graham said on Tuesday that California is a “sinking” state and that San Francisco and other sanctuary cities that shelter undocumented immigrants from Trump’s draconian policies are a “little picture of Hell.”
So much for helping the least of these.
Graham, who recently said “progressive” is just “another word for Godless,” was touring California when he derided the state that has rebelled against Trump. While the official line is that he was just promoting God, he was really there to encourage the election of Republicans across the state.
In a front page article, Graham was quoted as calling on Christians in Pasadena to take a stand against their state’s “blue wall”…
Speaking with conservative pundit Todd Starnes for his Fox News program, Graham was told that the New York Times is making his California tour out to be some sort of “political crusade” before the 2018 midterm elections rather than an evangelistic event.
However, Graham stressed that he is not working with either the Republican or the Democratic Party in this tour.
“I haven’t talked to anybody in the parties,” Graham responded. “We are staying out of the politics part of it but I do want Christians to vote and I want them to ask God before they vote, who they should vote. But, I don’t think the Christians should be silent. The Christian voice needs to be heard.”
He may not have spoken with political leaders themselves, but there’s no doubt which party he was pushing for during his rallies, cautioning against a “blue wave” and pushing a clearly Republican agenda that was anti-LGBTQ rights, anti-women, and anti-immigrant.
“When I say Christians, I mean Christians who are willing to take a stand for biblical truth for what the Bible has to say about marriage, what the Bible has to say about the sanctity of life and are willing to stand behind God’s principles and take a bullet for that,” Graham explained…
In addition to Graham’s opposition to the state’s quick embrace of the liberal agenda pertaining to LGBT and abortion issues, Graham also took issue with the state’s policies on sanctuary cities and the protection of undocumented immigrants.
“People are leaving the state. The tax base is eroding. They are turning their once beautiful cities into sanctuary cities, which are just a little picture of Hell,” Graham said. “Just go to San Francisco and go to this once-beautiful city and see what has happened to it.”
It’s telling that a city providing shelter and security to struggling people is Graham’s idea of Hell.
Many progressive Christians would argue that Jesus calls that the church.