Blacksheep of the Month: Billy Graham
For the month of March, we highlight the amazing and inspiring Billy Graham. This amazing man was an American evangelist who preached all over the world leading millions, possibly billions to Christ. He served as a spiritual advisor to the U. S. presidents (Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama) and was vehemently against segregation at a time when a notion like that wasn’t very popular.
And though Billy Graham had been so well known for so many years (and most definitely a name in my household), the first time I ever actually started to pay attention to him was when I first saw his TED Talk in 2010 (recorded 1998). I honestly thought it very interesting that they let a Christian preacher speak to people who seemed to focus a lot more on the technological and economic aspects of humanity, not always necessarily the spiritual.
In his 26 minute talk, he spoke about three problems technology cannot fix – human evil, human suffering, and death. He elaborated on each point referencing famous scientists like Einstein and biblical figures like David. And in a room full of philosophers, engineers and scholars, stood flat footed and claimed that David answered the three dilemmas with one passage.
Psalm 23:4: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Billy Graham lived a life of consistent evangelism and commitment to Christ and Christ’s people. He was bold and unwavering in his mission to proclaim the gospel to any and all who would hear it. He showed us all how to counter the culture and stay peculiar.
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