Franklin Graham took to Facebook today in response to The New Yorker publishing a mocking cartoon of the Vice President after a photo showed Pence praying with the Coronavirus task force. Rev. Graham: I’m very proud and thankful that we have leaders who know that our help comes from God and aren’t ashamed to bend their knee or bow their head in prayer:
Today the coronavirus spreads even further and fear deepens in people’s hearts. A few days ago The New Yorker ran a cartoon making fun of Vice President Mike Pence after a picture was published of the coronavirus task force praying in the White House. This world is in trouble—and we need God’s help at every level. I’m very proud and thankful that we have leaders who know that our help comes from God and aren’t ashamed to bend their knee or bow their head in prayer—no matter what the progressive media says. God reminds us, “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Romans 14:11). Although they intended it as a put down, the cartoon caption is actually truthful. We do need to vigorously wash our hands—and we do need repentance. We need to turn to God who can bring forgiveness, healing, peace, and blessing.
Many were in agreement with Graham’s remarks in comments below his Facebook post, saying that they are relieved to finally have leadership in the United States that seeks the Lord.
“Thankful for VP Pence and President Trump for being leaders that seek God’s help!! We need to turn back to God as a nation!!” one commenter wrote.
“Grateful we do not need the approval of man and that our godly leaders are staying faithful to God,” another explained. “Galatians 1:10 Am I now seeking the approval of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
“We need The Lord more than ever,” one Facebook user expressed. “They tell us to avoid Church for fear of this virus. We can still worship without the fellowship of handshaking and direct contact. I will put my faith in The Lord and attend church regardless of what the media says. God Bless our leaders and pray that they also put their faith in The Lord to heal all and eradicate this virus.”
Yesterday Franklin Graham on the platform called for Prayer for the nation and its leaders in the midst of the Coronavirus:
“As our nation prepares for the worst, our prayers are with those who are suffering as a result of the coronavirus. There are those who are sick, those who have lost family members, and those who are put into economic difficulties due to this virus,” Rev. Graham, President of Samaritan’s Purse, explained. “Let us join together in praying that God will give the medical community a vaccine and effective treatments that will save lives. Also pray for President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and other world leaders as they make tough decisions that impact all of us and the well-being of the nations. We need to ask God for His wisdom, help, and provision.“
Rev. Graham also gave an important reminder this week that God has not given us as Christians the spirit of fear.
“There’s a lot of fear—even some panic—swirling around us. But as a Christian I know if a person puts their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, He becomes our hope and our refuge, even in difficult times.” he wrote. “He is ‘the Way, the Truth, and the Life’ that we want to share with people in our communities and to the far corners of the world. ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind’ (2 Timothy 1:7).”