Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bill Graham's age won't stop him from saying things that will make you stop and ponder

Billy Graham, all of 92 years old, did an interview at Christianity Today, and it was a very enjoyable read. Graham talks about old age and the struggle to put it into perspective Biblically, as well as advice for the children of aged parents who  suddenly find their independent parents in need of help as they become older....

But perhaps the most interesting remark was when he was asked if he would change anything about his past....

I.... would have steered clear of politics. I'm grateful for the opportunities God gave me to minister to people in high places; people in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to. But looking back I know I sometimes crossed the line, and I wouldn't do that now.


Unfortunately Graham doesn't elaborate on this position.  And as much as I would like to put words in his mouth of what he meant and why he came to that position, i will refrain (many of the news websites seem to be doing a good enough job as it is regarding this story.)


It is interesting nonetheless though that perhaps the only Christian preacher who has been more influential in regards to politics than James Dobson, now lives in regret of ever having anything to do with politics.

2 comments:

The Prados said...

Kind of a weird story, but I remember hearing that there was a time when L.B.J. would try and get Bill Graham to go with him on plane flights. Apparently L.B.J. was a bit concerned about the plane going down, and figured that if Bill was in it, it might help avert this. Long story made longer, its seems as though there was times when Mr. Graham's person, was more accepted than his message. How could anyone walk away from things such as these with a good taste in their mouth. Let alone, feeling as though the U.S. people are in good hands.

Pumice said...

If I had any complaint about Graham it would have been just the opposite. He had access to the highest offices in the land and as far as I, or anyone I know, could tell he never crossed the line from pastor to prophet. It was his choice and I respect it and him but I would wonder how he thought he was into politics.

Grace and Peace