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In His Own Words: Billy Graham on Elections

November 3, 2020


Today, Americans will head to the ballot box to vote in the 2020 elections. While we have seen much division over the past months leading up to this day, one thing remains: God is still on the throne. This is not the first time an election has caused such contention. Billy Graham offered this message following the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

“During the past month… I have prayerfully followed the election contest with growing concern about the division among the people of our country. This division of the spirit of our nation can only be healed by prayer and repentance toward God, followed by reconciliation with those of differing perspectives — extending the love that only He can give.

I am encouraged that democracy has prevailed as our nation has negotiated a difficult impasse.  The time has come to put aside the strong rhetoric that can only divide us and unite for the greater good as ‘one nation under God.’  He alone can bring us together…

During these historic days let us renew our prayers that God will bring healing to our nation and a clear vision of His will for the future. Let us pray especially that we may turn afresh to God, seeking His help and acknowledging our dependence on Him. My prayer for America echoes the words of the Psalmist written thousands of years ago, ‘…revive us, and we will call on your name. Restore us, O Lord God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved’ (Psalm 80:18b-19). May we discover the truth of these words, both as individuals and as a nation.”

>>Click this photo to watch a replay of Franklin Graham’s prayer:

Feeling anxious about the results of this election? Ground yourself in God’s truth.

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