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November 5, 2008

Billy Graham's Reaction

Kevin Eckstrom pulled together reaction from various religious leaders on the Religion News Service Blog.

Here's Billy Graham:

"President-elect Obama faces many challenges, and I urge everyone to join me in pledging our support and prayers and he begins the difficult task ahead."

Comments

I would like say we need to pray in unity for our new commader and cheif of our country. So Obama can put his faith and trust in God to lead this country back to it's roots for God.

I thank God for you Billy Graham!!

In the Old Testament, poeple had picked an evil king and they suffered, so if the US choose it, that's what they get.

In the Old Testament, poeple had picked an evil king and they suffered, so if the US choose it, that's what they get.

In the Old Testament, poeple had picked an evil king and they suffered, so if the US choose it, that's what they get.

I Live in London, and when I saw the result, and heard the new President speak, I prayed for him and America, cried my eyes, for such a wonderful man clap my hands.

Let us all now join together in prayer, I attended evening MASS tonight and the President was mentioned in our prayers

God Bless his Earthly Children no matter what race they may be.

I Live in London, and when I saw the result, and heard the new President speak, I prayed for him and America, cried my eyes, for such a wonderful man clap my hands.

Let us all now join together in prayer, I attended evening MASS tonight and the President was mentioned in our prayers

God Bless his Earthly Children no matter what race they may be.

I won't support his policies but I will pray for him and our nation.

What a crucial time for our country and indeed the world. I pray for President-elect Obama, for his family and advisers as they anticipate leadership of the United States of America. May he chose his advisers wisely. He will need God's Hand of protection, godly wisdom, discernment, courage and leadership. May we look to a brighter future and commit to daily pray for he, his administration and our land.


I'm a "Bible-believing evangelical" who probably leaned a bit toward McCain, but now I rejoice with African-Americans and with the young generation. Even tho' I certainly don't agree with Obama on many issues, I do trust his intentions and intelligence. More than that, I TRUST THE LORD who does state that He puts Kings and rulers in place! God does work all things together for good to those who love God...(and I add, love others.) C'mon fellow Christians! I'm hurt and confused and dismayed by all the hate speech and just sheer hopelessness I'm hearing by my brothers and sisters in Christ. WHERE'S THE LOVE, WHERE'S THE FAITH, my "faith-based" Family?!?

The Religious Right, especially Baptists, voted

Republican and lost.

I agree with Dr Graham, It is our privlege as Christians to pray for and support the leaders of our country. I didn't vote for the president elect, but I will certainly lift him in prayer. Our God is an Awesome God, and He is still in charge. Claire mehrhoff

I agree with Dr Graham, It is our privlege as Christians to pray for and support the leaders of our country. I didn't vote for the president elect, but I will certainly lift him in prayer. Our God is an Awesome God, and He is still in charge. Claire mehrhoff

I totally agree. I did not vote for him but he is our elected president and our responsibility as a christian is to pray for the leaders of our land and to obey the laws of the land. That is Christ's command

yes , I do agree with dr. Billy graham. The task ahead is enormous, how much people around him will help, or how safe is he , are the vital questions to ponder.

He makes every thing sound so good. I think if He would put God first and get the world to recognize that God is priority and pray for his guidance. He will make a good President.

My heart breaks for you Ms. Ferrer. Obviously we haven't overcome as much as we thought, have we? Sad. Thank God many will chose to move forward in prayer and leave the "judges and condemners" to Almighty God. I will keep you in prayer that God softens your heart and allow you to use it to express His unconditional love and witness for Christ.

christian can be very sore losers

We prayed for Republican to win as President but Lord anwered differently. Let His will be done in USA and in India.

Ferrer wrote: "In the Old Testament, poeple had picked an evil king and they suffered, so if the US choose it, that's what they get." (=here I think you meant "got" instead og "get" :-)

I agree totally, and when we look back for the last 8 yrs, we can see that this is very true. Let's join God's people over the world and really rally for the best for ALL humans - not just us "americans"!

..before kingdoms change, men must change

the comment of miss ferrer is right. those who pick someone to murder babies will have the blood on their own hands. people put their own convenience and greed ahead of morality and like israel will reap the whirlwind. the day is coming when christians will say ''what have i done''.

I am so disappointed in the "Christian" community! Whether you voted for our President-Elect or not, he is still going to be the President of the United States. I have read so many judgmental comments here that I am sure God is disappointed. It brings tears to my eyes that "some" Christians have strayed so far from the "real" faith and still have that "slave-master" mentality. This is anew day in America! Judgment will come but it will come to the house of the Lord first. Give the man a chance. Our world is in a crisis and we should back him with prayers and support. Please people, Jesus gave a new commandment to love one another, by this men will know that you are His disciples. Re-evaluate your relationship with the King of Kings.

My heart is so sadden because I really love Billy Graham. One of the greats of the greats! He along with Adrian Rodgers, James Kennedy and G.E. Patterson are the reflections of what Pastors should be today. If more Pastors of churches today would follow such example of integrity, humility and obedience, the christian light would shine much brighter!! So many are focused on the big churches, big homes, personal jets, and bodies instead of souls! It's sad. People are concerned with the new President's views on abortion and other immoralities. But if the church would come outside the inner walls and preach and teach the gospel to all generations and do what needs to be done in facing the social and moral issues of this nation, it would be half the battle for the President!! The church must raise up and do their part as Mr. Graham has exemplified.

Some of you evangelicals are mean spirited. You preach hate and intolerance. A word of caution, Be careful how you berate and condemn Barack Obama. It is recorded in the scriptures twice.

"Touch Not My Anointed And Do My Prophet No Harm"
This man was anointed for this time and this moment.
Because you don't believe it, doesn't change this fact.

Can we go wrong if we follow Reverend Graham's advice. Pax Rome if God choose this goverment for the advent of HIS Son do not all Kingdoms exist only because HE has allowed it to. Let us look for common ground President Elect Obama says he is a devout Christian may the Holy Spirit richly indwell him and give him guidance may Angels surround and protect him and his family. blessings love

I also did not vote for Obama, however, I still believe God can work on him, and can change some of his views. I know that God knew all this before it happened, and that we need not focus on the Worldly stuff so much, but rather on God and what the bible says. I see what I see, and discern what i discern, and a lot troubles me. However, God said for us not to be afraid. So, part of dealing with all this, is just having Faith. Hard, but necessary. I will just continue to pray for Obama. And his salvation, if he has that.

I AM INDIAN I ALSO PRAYING FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRAION.BECAUSE I THOROULY STUDING OLD TESTMENT AND WE CAN SEE THE LEADERS WHO WERE NOT OBEY THE LORD AND RULED THE ISERIL.
GOD BLESS USA AND THRU ALL WORLD.
THOMAS.K.T
DUBAI

Our nation needs to pray for Obama to repent for his sinful position on murdering our innocent babies. Where has the moral compass of this once God fearing country gone? Where are our family values? Where is Mr Graham's backbone? Support Obama? Not until he is on his knees giving his life to Jesus Christ on national television! I will not stand idly by while 4,000 innocents are slaughtered daily in America, the once beautiful. Today, Obama pledges to use executive order when he gets into office to lift the ban on fetal stem cell research - tiny people are being murdered! ... and, we are to support this?
NO! We are not! The Bible clearly instructs us not to bow down to a false God nor to obey the laws of man if they directly contradict God.
NO SUPPORT FOR OBAMA!

Our nation needs to pray for Obama to repent for his sinful position on murdering our innocent babies. Where has the moral compass of this once God fearing country gone? Where are our family values? Where is Mr Graham's backbone? Support Obama? Not until he is on his knees giving his life to Jesus Christ on national television! I will not stand idly by while 4,000 innocents are slaughtered daily in America, the once beautiful. Today, Obama pledges to use executive order when he gets into office to lift the ban on fetal stem cell research - tiny people are being murdered! ... and, we are to support this?
NO! We are not! The Bible clearly instructs us not to bow down to a false God nor to obey the laws of man if they directly contradict God.
NO SUPPORT FOR OBAMA!

To notswift - Again, let's not be hypocritical picking and choosing our sins! The bible also says that LYING is an abomination to God! Whether big, little or deception, it is still sin! Shedding of innocent blood....hummmmm. Child pornography and human trafficking of children is increasing right here in the USA! It's America's hidden secret! Children in the USA and abroad are being kidnapped and used as sex slaves right here and aboard!! It's scarry! Therefore, the shedding of innocent blood is more than about abortion! Also, it's one thing to be pro-life, but it's another to have talk and no action in our support of pro-life! Are you assisting in developing ministerial programs to help the mother! Keep in mind, Obama isn't the one who commits the ACT! It's the mother and the doctor! This is completely ignored!! Each individual has control of their bodies and are accountable to God individually!! If your thoughts are what they are to Obama, I'd hate to think what they are to the mother and the doctor!! How would you minister to them without the heart of judge and condemnation! Obama can overturn Roe -v- Wade, but that would not stop people doing as they wish with their bodies! How would Jesus handle these people? I don't think it would be the same as you! If God converted the Apostle Paul, do you think he can do the same for Obama, the mother and the doctor!! People need to stop hiding behind abortion as an excuse for their distain for this man getting elected! Again, LYING is a sin! It is not greater sin than abortion. Lying is lying and it is an abomination to GOD!! Period!! I'm sure we all should confess our sins and repent daily if we are true Christians, rather than worrying about others doing so!! I think God would like that!!

Wow is the word that comes to mind after reading some of these comments. I did not vote for President elect Obama but I agree with Dr. Graham that we need to pray for our future President.
We have to remember that we are in the middle of a spiritual battle. Our fight is against Satan and his attack on us.
We do not have to agree with all the issues that a person stands for, we can even speak out against them; that is our right, but we must not hate or disrespect our leaders. Romans 13: 1-7 tells us how we should submit to those in leadership over us.
God knew that Mr. Obama would win and I know that God does not make mistakes. I may not agree with everything Mr. Obama stands for but I will pray that God will work in him and through him.
May God bless the USA and use His church to reach His people there.

Obama was chosen by God. Is a shame how many of christians talk bad and judge him! And you call yourself christian? You're here judging him because he supports abortion etc and you're judging him and talking bad.Let the one is free of sin throw the first stone.

We should repent for spending millions on Prop 8 instead of defending the innocent being aborted by straight couples.

We have won the battle on gay marriages, but lost the war on marriage as straight couples continue to have abortions.it is of course easier to blame gays on destroying marriage and not the straight couples sitting at our pews.

A tragedy indeed...

So it's evil to abort American babies but ok for US forces to kill Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani children in bombing raids etc ? It would certainly be good to cut the US abortion rate but did 8 years of the Bush administration do anything towards achieving this?

It is an outstanding achievemnt for a mixed race Afro-American to become President given the USA's terrible history of slavery, segregation and oppostion to civil rights and social justice which existed for so long and was even supported by Christians such as Jesse Helms and Jerry Falwell. I believe it took until 1995 for the Southern Baptist denomination to adopt a resolution denouncing its racist roots.

In Europe we are very much hoping that Obama and his team will be able to reduce the threat to life and limb over here that has been increased ten fold by Bush's ill conceived "War on Terror". Also to dismantle the evil and illegal prison camp at Guantanamo Bay which has been such a stain on the name of the United States throughout the World and has created so much difficulty for Christian missionaries in Africa and Asia.

I absolutely agree with Dr. Billy Graham. Whether or not we agree with President Elect Obama's policies, God's will is that we pray for those in authority. We need to put aside all prejudices, religious and otherwise, and pray for P. E. Obama and the entire new administration.

Those who are saying no support for Obama, will they support the elected officials for whom they voted? There is no such partisanship with God. To refuse to pray for "all those in authority" is as much a departure from God's commands, as is P.E. Obama's support for abortion, stem-cell research or gay rights.

I do however think it rather sad that some of Billy Graham's Republican grandchildren and their Liberty University friends are making anti-Obama comments on their blog sites.

Patricia from UK, November 11th - You are right. But these are inhuman subjects such as slavery and other civil rights atrocities that America prefers to ignore or forget!! Unless you are an African-American you will never hear talk of this subject!

As the madman approaches the innocent child with an instrument of death, do you 'people of God' just stand there and pray?
As the madman approaches YOUR innocent child with an instrument of death, do YOU just stand there and pray?
Is that what Jesus would do? Just stand there and pray?
That is not the Jesus of the Bible that I know. The Jesus I know takes action! He spoke and commanded the evil spirits out. He spoke and the waves were calmed. He spoke the truth of God's word and the enemy left. Jesus took action! He stood before the madmen with their instruments of death and drew a line in the dirt. He commands us to bring the good news to a lost and dying world. Not to stand idly by while the innocent are slaughtered. Do it. Take action. Draw a line. Speak out against this great evil called abortion!

Yes! Pray for Obama to repent. Yes! Pray for the liberal madmen leading this nation over the cliff to change their ungodly ways. Absolutely, Pray! But, do not support their evil deeds, their wicked plans, their ungodly course. Speak! Draw a line! Do something to protect these innocent tiny people created in God's image.

Tolerating evil in the guise of 'taking the higher road' is an ungodly act of ommission. This very act of tolerance has become rampant within the church body - gay church leaders, molestation of children, tolerent views on abortion, supporting the election of radical, ungodly people. Call me radical, but, I say this is what God meant when He vomits the lukewarm church out of His holy mouth.

Dear Ann,
Hypocritical? I never said I was without sin. This is not about me - I have repented for the blood I have shed and have been forgiven by the grace of God and the blood of Jesus.

You are equating the shedding of innocent blood with lying, or pornography, or trafficking, or kidnapping? You are kidding, right? 4,000 children created in the image of God are murdered daily in their mother's wombs - murdered... not lied to, not sexually assaulted, not sold, not kidnapped, slapped, spit on, sat on, kicked, cut, smacked, left hungry, cold, or abandoned.... but, murdered! Dead. Gone. Destroyed. And, now, Obama wants to open the gates wide open by lifting the ban on baby cell cloning which shreds these little people into pieces to harvest the cloning of body parts; by allowing murder on demand regardless of circumstances - even a minor child can murder her own child without her parent's permission! This is madness!

Obama might as well be the butcher doing each and every act - he is the one who is lifting all of the bans which have saved thousands from being destroyed before they could utter a word in their own defense. Babies are not a 'part' of their mother's body. They are put there by God to be nurtured by their mother. Babies are not part of a woman's biological makeup. We do not live in the dark ages - scientifically speaking, that is. But seemingly, many are living in this theological dark age of death on demand.

Yes, Ann, there are sins greater in offense to God than others. Why did God destroy Sodom by fire? All of earth by the flood? His chosen people by their enemy? For lying? I think not. "Why do you beautify your way to seek love? Therefore you have also taught the wicked women your ways. Also on your skirts is found the blood of the lives of the poor innocents. I have not found it by secret search, but plainly on all these things."Jer 2:33,34

We openly slaughter our innocent children. Isn't this a greater sin? Don't you feel a tug at your heart, Ann? Shouldn't the Holy Spirit indwelling all Christians thirst for His righteousness and spur us to action in defending our most vulnerable people?

Disdain for Obama is not just for his pro-abortion action. But, do you need any other reason? Really.

Hold on a minute. I never saw anyone say ...Don't pray for P E Barack Husane Obama.I did see Notswift say he can not support him though. I would have to agree. God's word does say pray for your leaders.I pray for our leaders.I have personally worked with right to life during this campaign.It looks like not swift is the one who has done his homework.BUT Obama takes it a few steps further. (CHECK THE MAN'S VOTING RECORD) Mr Obama while working in the Illinois senate voted three times to kill legislation to the federal born alive infants protection act, which was intended to extend legal rights to an infant (baby) born even after an attempted abortion (attempted murder). Senator Obama's position while working in the Illinois senate was to oppose any legislation to protect innocent life. This is clearly murder - Some call it infanticide. Is it not Murder? Therefore, I wish people would have at least taken a little bit of time and looked at his voting record on that and other moral issues. He is clearly the most liberal senator in the United States and, yes, I do pray for him and my country and for those who voted for him to follow God's Word and repent and turn back to God so that God can save us from ourselves and PE Obama and the wrath that God has promised. You're right notswift, we have a holocaust going on in our country. President George Bush signed the ban on partial birth abortion. The liberals overturned it. He signed it again and for now it stands and protects our little tiny innocent babies, until, inauguration day when Obama will carry out his promise to overturn the ban on partial birth abortion and fetal stem cell research. So, notswift, I commend you for being brave and truthful and standing up to the vicious attacks. You're in good company. The Sadducees and pharisees also attacked Jesus and those who followed Him.

my prayer is obama should rule the country in the fear and wisidom of god,like king david and joshep.and he should be a blessing to the country.and whole world.

my prayer is obama should rule the country in the fear and wisidom of god,like king david and joshep.and he should be a blessing to the country.and whole world.

my prayer is obama should rule the country in the fear and wisidom of god,like king david and joshep.and he should be a blessing to the country.and whole world.

We have won the battle on gay marriages, but lost the war on marriage as straight couples continue to have abortions.it is of course easier to blame gays on destroying marriage and not the straight couples sitting at our pews.

May he chose his advisers wisely. He will need God's Hand of protection, godly wisdom, discernment, courage and leadership. May we look to a brighter future and commit to daily pray for he, his administration and our land.

Thanks for the information! I would like say we need to pray in unity for our new commader and cheif of our country. So Obama can put his faith and trust in God to lead this country back to it's roots for God.