Billy Graham penned a letter expressing his dismay over the moral decline of the nation declaring that his “heart aches for America and its deceived people.”
The man known as America’s Pastor delivered his concerns in the form of a prayer letter released by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. It comes just days after a gunman massacred a dozen people and injured many more in Colorado.
“The farther we get from God, the more the world spirals out of control,” Graham wrote — noting that the nation seems to be going out of its way to remove God from the public arena.
“Just a few weeks ago in a prominent city in the South, Christian chaplains who serve the police department were ordered to no longer mention the Name of Jesus in prayer,” he wrote noting that officers were only allowed to pray to “the being in the room.”
“Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone — except God,” Graham wrote.
He likened the United States to the Old Testament cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and Nineveh.
“In Jonah’s day, Nineveh was the lone world superpower — wealthy, unconcerned, and self-centered,” he wrote. “When the Prophet Jonah finally traveled to Nineveh and proclaimed God’s warning, people heard and repented. I believe the same thing can happen once again, this time in our nation.”
Of Sodom and Gomorrah, Graham recounted a conversation he had with his late wife, Ruth, while she was reading the draft of a book he was writing. The book dealt with the “terrible downward spiral of our nation’s moral standards and the idolatry of worshiping false gods such as technology and sex.”
“She startled me by exclaiming, ‘If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah,’” he wrote.
“I wonder what Ruth would think of America if she were alive today,” he wrote. “In the years since she made that remark, millions of babies have been aborted and our nation seems largely unconcerned. Self-centered indulgence, pride, and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle.”
Graham’s remarks were met with nods of approval from evangelical Christians.
Robert Jeffress, the pastor of the historic First Baptist Church in Dallas, commended Graham for speaking the truth.
“As usual, Dr. Graham has not only accurately diagnosed the spiritual sickness that grips America’s soul, but has also prescribed the only remedy which is faith in Jesus Christ,” Jeffress told Fox News. “Thank God for Billy Graham’s courage to boldly proclaim the truth instead of being shackled by political correctness.”
Graham was a member of First Baptist Dallas for more than 50 years — until he moved to a church closer to his home in the North Carolina mountains.