So many Christians just didn’t vote in the 2012 election so Franklin Graham is rallying the troops…Onward Christian Soldiers! Pray, Vote, Engage! Some people might object to this but look at Nation of Islam’s Farrakhan calling for murdering whites and you’ll know that Graham is doing the right thing.
Those Republicans and Democrats running hard for president won’t be the only ones headlining rallies next year in Iowa, New Hampshire and scores of other states.
Franklin Graham plans to be out on the trail, too, urging Christians to pray. And to vote.
In January, the North Carolina evangelist will embark on what he’s dubbed the “Decision America Tour” – election-year prayer rallies in the capital cities of all 50 states. Covering four or more states a month, he should be on the road until at least Election Day.
Graham, who heads the Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, explained it this way in a news release: “I do not believe Republicans or Democrats or any other party can turn this nation around – only God can. God hears the prayers of his people, so we’ll be calling on Christians in every state to pray fervently and faithfully for America.”
He’ll also call on them to vote – or, in the words of the news release, “to live and promote biblical principles at home, in public and at the ballot box.”
The slogan of the tour: “Pray. Vote. Engage.”
Graham will kick off his 2016 campaign in Iowa, just like those White House wannabes vying in that state’s caucuses. Graham will be in Des Moines on Jan. 5, less than a month before the vote there. On Jan. 19, he’ll speak in Concord in New Hampshire – the state with the first presidential primary, on Feb. 9.
In between, Graham has scheduled rallies in Tallahassee, Fla. (Jan. 12), and Baton Rouge, La. (Jan. 13).
No word yet on when he’ll be in Columbia and Raleigh, even though primaries in both Carolinas will come early on the 2016 primary calendar.
The BGEA insisted in its news release that no candidates or public officials will speak at the rallies, and that Graham will not endorse any candidates or legislation.
But in recent years, Graham has made headlines for his sharp criticism of Democrats, particularly President Barack Obama. And he has a record of being far friendlier to Republicans.
Read more here: Charlotte Observer