Both happy and sad when I heard the news about Billy Graham’s death PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 13:05

We should have suspected the news would come sooner rather than later, I mean 99 years old is a long time to live.

Last week, as news began to spread of Billy Graham’s passing, it caught me off guard and left me both sad and happy.

It left me sad because how many people truly shine a light in this world the way he did, for as long as he did? For years people tried to find dirt on him and the most they could come up with were a few off color comments, which he apologized for right away and a report on the number of suits he had.

The man was a preacher and he had a lot of suits, let’s cut him a little slack.

I’ve read stories where he never put himself in situations where he could be accused of anything. He didn’t handle money and he wouldn’t meet one on one with women. Graham always had in his mind how he was shining the light of Christ.

Oh if we all could be that mindful of how we are shining the light.

I remember Rev, Graham showing up to pray with and give counsel to President Bill Clinton during the Monika Lewinski scandal and a member of the press questioned him about it.

Graham said, “It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love!”

Is there a better answer? Can you say drop the mic?

And it makes me sad to know that man, that mind and that heart is no longer in this world.

My sadness, however, gives way to happiness, because I believe God’s word to be true and I know the Rev. Graham lived a faithful life and when he breathed his last, 2 Timothy, 4:7-8 came true for him – ”I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge, will award unto me on that day.“

The Rev. Graham gained his crown.

I am thankful for the technology that allows us to still watch and listen to the wonderful sermons.

He never sugar coated the Gospel warnings that a life lived outside a relationship with Jesus Christ would end in an eternity in Hell. He believed that and that’s my belief, but he also ended his messages with the good news that a relationship was offered to every one of us through the blood that was shed on the cross.

And if the words that Rev. Graham spoke from behind the pulpit didn’t drive that message home, every one of his crusades would end with the Hymn, “Just As I Am!” What a theme song! God says you don’t get right and then come to the cross, you come to the cross just as you are and let God go to work on you from there.

Rev. Graham’s son Franklin has taken the baton of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association. He has a daughter Ruth Graham Lotz, who is a preacher and I know of at least one of his grandsons who is in the ministry.

They are all fruit from the tree of Billy and Ruth Graham.

The fruit reaches far beyond their family tree! I personally know several people who gave their life to Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade.

Even if that isn’t your story, I bet you probably have been touched by a Billy Graham sermon.

I did have the privelage to hear him speak in person once at a crusade in Louisville at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Though I don’t remember the topic of the particular message, I do remember being amazed by the thousands of people who showed up to be part of the event.

That happened every time Billy Graham showed up to speak and I know it’s because of the way he always was shining God’s light.

Rest in Peace Rev. Graham, the light will continue to shine in this world, but not as bright as it did with you in it.

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