Well, not quite.
But it is kind of ironic that a man who has spent his whole life telling everyone how Jesus is the “only way” endorses a non-Christian for President.
And how strange.
On Billy Graham’s website, he provides a definition of a cult that fits, quite adequately, the Mormons (I was just informed–as I had originally written this last week–part of that page has now been removed from their site). Apparently, the Christian fundamentalists of the U.S. are willing to make peace with their once rivals (and abominations–a theological claim made, historically, on both sides).
And hey, that’s good a thing.
It’s not like I am anti-cult. That’s just a word religious people in large groups use to disparage religious people in smaller groups. They’re all cults. Christianity. Nationalism. Capitalism. Dallas Cowboys’ fans. I have no problem with that–I just find it humorous that Graham, who has spent so much of his life trying to get people out of cults is now endorsing a member of a cult as leader of what is apparently the only cult that God truly loves (key the music, Lee Greenwood–for the love of all things good, beautiful and true, click on that link).
Which, of course, simply proves that Billy Graham has never been anything more than an anti-semitic, war-mongering, nationalist covering his propaganda with a Bible–the vast majority of which he has consistently ignored (too far? not far enough? I’m just trying to be polemical over here–come on, have some fun, or just ‘pray for me’ if I’m wrong). Yes, Billy, let’s talk about a ‘Bible-based marriage: rape? incest? polygamy? These all constitute a Bible-based marriage. Or, how about Jesus’s central message on violence? Turn the other cheek? Love your enemies? Do not return evil? No, don’t care for those, too much, do ya’? You just enjoy continually exposing your oh-so unoriginal bigotry toward those who differ from you.
Well, at least the gap between the South and Utah has finally been bridged.
As with all things in our republic, all it takes is a common enemy to forge new bonds of friendship. That enemy is civil rights for all people.
Just how many times do people in this country have to keep fighting the same battle over and over and over again?
Apparently, not enough.
About the Author
Tripp York teaches religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author of more than half a dozen books including, Third Way Allegiance, The Purple Crown, and Living on Hope While Living in Babylon. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume collection called the Peaceable Kingdom Series. An actor and a lighting designer, Tripp also surfs and spends his weekends shoveling elephant and giraffe poop.