Before the election, Billy Graham issued a statement this election was about saving our country from moral collapse. Many believe the statement actually was written by his headline seeking son, Franklin. Now, Franklin himself is saying almost the identical thing.
What an old and tired line it is. I would guess it has been used to fill collection plates since the beginning of Christianity. I’ve wondered is there was ever a time when stadiums were not filled to hear preachers with this message.
Preaching about sin has always been a cash cow the the faith. It is also a reliable fall-back topic for preachers when they cannot come up with another topic for next Sunday.
Delivering the sin message is an art form. For reasons I don’t clearly understand, the most compelling person to deliver a message about sin is not the community pillar and exemplary career preacher. It is, instead, the preacher who fell into “sin” and was pulled out in a come-to-Jesus moment.
In the Presidential campaign, both sides did something similar, talked about an apocalyptic future if the other side won. Those who opposed President Obama are still talking about it. “Just ahead,” they say, “is an economic and moral collapse.”
Talking of tension or urgency is part of skillful manipulation of the public’s collective mind. Politicians know this, but so do preachers like Franklin Graham.
The fact is we are not now, nor never have been, on the edge of moral collapse.
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