Liberals carry politics to every aspect of life.
And that includes a gathering led by evangelical preacher Franklin Graham.
He’s catching serious heat because of one statement.
Now that Trump is President, he is carrying out the agenda he campaigned on.
Part of that agenda included his executive order banning travel for 90 days from seven countries with known ties to terrorism.
In a facebook post, Graham backed Trump’s executive order.
The Christian Post reports:
“Taking action to secure our borders had to start somewhere. Is it perfect? Maybe not, but it is a first step. As they work on solutions during this 90-day travel ban, unfortunately there are some innocent families caught in this time of transition,” Graham noted.
Graham, who is the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the aid organization Samaritan’s Purse, added that he believes that the screening process needs to apply to everyone, not just to people from the seven countries listed on the executive order.
“We have to be sure that the philosophies of those entering our country are compatible with our Constitution. If a person does not agree with our principles of freedom, democracy, and liberty, which we cherish, they should not be allowed to come. Without question, Sharia [Islamic] law is not compatible,” he continued.
The liberal Huffington Post asked Graham about Trump’s executive order and if it complied with a biblical outlook.
Graham defended the order by stating that open borders aren’t in the Bible.
The Huffington Post reports:
“The Huffington Post spoke with Graham on Wednesday, and asked whether it’s possible to reconcile Trump’s temporary ban on refugees with the Christian commandment to welcome, clothe and feed the stranger, and to be a Good Samaritan to those in need.
Graham said he doesn’t believe those two things need to be reconciled.
“It’s not a biblical command for the country to let everyone in who wants to come, that’s not a Bible issue,” Graham told HuffPost. “We want to love people, we want to be kind to people, we want to be considerate, but we have a country and a country should have order and there are laws that relate to immigration and I think we should follow those laws.
Because of the dangers we see today in this world, we need to be very careful.”
Liberals were outraged.
In response, Baptist groups in Puerto Rico announced they would boycott Graham’s planned rally in that San Juan.
The Christian Post reports:
“Some Baptists groups in Puerto Rico have said they will no longer support Franklin Graham’s evangelistic rally in San Juan this weekend because he supports President Donald Trump’s policies, claiming they are “contrary to the values of the Kingdom.”
In a Feb. 4 statement, written in Spanish by Baptist Churches of Puerto Rico Executive Minister Roberto Dieppa-Báez and President Margarita Ramirez, the groups said they “cannot agree with the expressions of Trump as they attack the life of our neighbor and Jesus has always called us to love even enemies and to be our brother’s keeper.”
But Graham never said we shouldn’t love our enemies or not be our brother’s keeper.
In fact, he explicitly said Americans should be kind to those seeking refuge.
Graham, however, believes that a nation can both have secure borders and live under a biblical code.