Franklin Graham exhorts JBU community to share gospel
SILOAM SPRINGS-When looking at the top half of Franklin Graham’s attire Tuesday, one would see someone dressed in business casual, appropriate for meetings or, in this case, a public presentation. As the eyes travel to his feet, however, one sees black high-top tennis shoes that show another side of Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
The message Graham shared with an audience at John Brown University in Siloam Springs Tuesday was as simple but honest as his attire. The audience was filled with JBU students as well as community members ranging in age from elementary school to the elderly.
Graham exhorted audience members to stand firm in their faith and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ despite growing persecution from those who do not believe in the foundations of the Christian faith.
“The last thing the devil wants you to do is serve Jesus Christ,” he said.
Graham shared stories of when Samaritan’s Purse responded immediately to the post-earthquake crisis in Haiti a year ago. The organization was able to take over the primary hospital in the area to provide healthcare for thousands of people. While they met the physical needs, representatives from the organization also addressed spiritual needs.
“We prayed for each patient,” Graham said. “We wanted everyone to know that Jesus is God’s son. If we weren’t doing that, we were just wasting our time.”
Graham spoke briefly of various national memorial services he’s witnessed, including after the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11 and then the shootings in Tucson, Ariz. earlier this month. Memorials for the first two were filled with prayers to God, he said, but the Tucson memorial featured someone who prayed to “mother earth and father sky.”
“There was no call for God to put his loving arms around those who were hurting,” he said. “Everything to do with the Christian faith is being pushed out.”
When asked what people across the state of Arkansas could do to accomplish the goal of standing firm in their faith, Graham said it’s important for believers in Christ to read the Bible and understand what it means.
“You gotta know the word of God,” he said.
To hear Graham’s message, visit JBU’s website.
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