The evangelist, Billy Graham, reached millions around the world. While his intent was to spread the gospel, he discovered in 1972 that he had become caught up in the Nixon impeachment scandal. Graham saw the light and cautioned his followers against being “closely identified with any particular party or person. We have to stand in the middle, to preach to all the people, right and left.” He admitted I haven’t been faithful to my own advice in the past. I will in the future.”
That was good public relations but changes in the evangelical movement were taking place. Reverend Jerry Falwell founded the Moral Majority in 1979 to oppose feminism, gay rights and other social issues of the 1960’s. This organization was largely responsible for electing Ronald Reagan, as president in 1980. Since then the Republican party claims to represent the interests of fundamentalists and it appears to be so today. It was primarily though the votes of the religious right that Donald Trump won the office of U.S. President.
This week Mark Galli, the retiring chief editor of Christianity Today, called for President Trump’s removal from office. Ironically this religious publication was originated in 1956 by Billy Graham, who according to Galli in an NPR interview, grew more circumspect about taking political positions after his fiasco with Richard Nixon. THE WEEK states that Graham attempted to discourage Falwell from mixing religion and politics with no success.
“Unsavory dealings and immoral acts by the President and those close to him have rendered this administration morally unable to lead.” Galli warns, “Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency.”
A Pew Research Center survey last August found that 77% of white evangelical Protestants approved of Trump’s job performance. This shows that they appreciate the 187 ultra-conservative judges were confirmed by the Trump administration. It also means overlooking inhumane polices like the separation of immigrant children from their families and punishing The Dreamers for trying to make a life for themselves. For an even longer list of sins, see The A to Z of Things Trump Could and Should Have Been Impeached For.
Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham and CEO for The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, states that Christianity Today has not remained true to its origins. He claims that this anti-Trump message would not have pleased his deceased father. One wonders if the young Graham is actually in any position to speak for his father’s spiritual wishes. And one cannot help but wonder if Jerry Falwell Jr. is living up to his deceased father’s high spiritual standards.
The Dayology Analysis
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|#56 THU SCO|
|#65 FRI LEO|
Jerry Falwell Sr.
|#16 MON CAN|
|#03 SUN GEM|
Jerry Falwell Jr.
Mark Galli was born on a Sunday in the zodiac sign of Virgo. The #06 SUN VIR Dayology Signature makes for a person who is powerful but humble. The Solar Day Ray enjoys holding places of high standings but the Virgo Sun Sign is selective. He desires recognition for upholding standards.
Billy Graham was born on a Thursday in the zodiac sign of Scorpio. The #56 THU SCO Dayology Signature creates a widely expansive individual who is thoroughly fascinated with the shadow side of life. His appeal to so many comes from his powerful messages of personal salvation.
Franklin Graham was born on a Monday in the zodiac sign of Cancer. The #16 MON CAN Dayology Signature creates humane individuals who want to give others what is needed. These doubled Moon energies push an individual to make emotional appeals and work for the public good.
Jerry Falwell Sr. was born on a Friday in the zodiac sign of Leo. The #65 FRI LEO Dayology signature creates a well-liked figure who is confident with leadership ability. He established Liberty University and co-founded the Moral Majority, a Christian Right organization.
Jerry Falwell Jr. was born on a Sunday in the zodiac sign of Gemini. The #03 SUN GEM has a strong sense of self with good communication ability. After his father’s death he was appointed president of Liberty University, a position which he no longer holds due to a scandal.
Here are five men, all Evangelical Christians and widely diverse in their modes of self-expression. Again Dayology helps us to understand the complex motivations within the human heart.