Evangelist Franklin Graham says Tuesday’s presidential debate should lead Christians to one conclusion: America cannot be rescued without God.
The rancorous debate between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden was called the worst in modern presidential history by many on the Left and the Right, and polls indicated Americans didn’t like what they watched. A CBS News/YouGov poll after the debate said only 17 percent of debate watchers said they were “informed” by the debate. Most (69 percent) said they were “annoyed.”
Graham didn’t reveal his thoughts about the debate, although he implied it wasn’t good for the nation.
“After watching the debate last night, we are reminded that the problems we face as a nation cannot be solved without God. He is our only hope,” Graham wrote on Facebook. “Many areas of our country are in chaos. People are so divided. The coronavirus has attacked almost every country in the world, with no end in sight.
“But God can deliver us, if we call upon Him, turn from our sins, repent, and put our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. May we continue to pray for those in leadership that God would give them wisdom and direction. And we need to pray for all aspects of the upcoming election.
“The Word of God says, ‘Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.’ (Isaiah 45:22)”
After watching the debate last night, we are reminded that the problems we face as a nation cannot be solved without...Posted by Franklin Graham on Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Graham made similar comments on Twitter.
The Word of God says, “Turn to Me & be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, & there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:22)— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) September 30, 2020
His Facebook post sparked 420,000 likes, 52,000 comments and more than 100,000 shares.
“What a disappointment and disgrace the debates were, maybe it was God's way of reminding us this election isn't about the man but the principles found in His word,” one person wrote below Graham’s post.
“I have decided to not watch the debates,” another person wrote. “Will go to my prayer closet and pray God's Spirit over both candidates while they ‘debate.’”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.