Before bed each night, my wife and I typically read Scripture or a devotion. Lately, we’ve been reading through the letters Paul wrote that are in the New Testament.
Last night, we were reading a portion of 2 Timothy. It reminded me of the Rev. Billy Graham and his ministry.
“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:23-26
Billy Graham exemplified what it is to be a servant of the Lord. He was “kind to everyone, able to teach.” He “gently instructed” his opponents, such as Larry King, who interviewed him often. Despite having access to U.S. presidents of both parties for decades, he almost always stayed out of political debate in favor of a deeper message about salvation of the soul.
There’s no doubt that God gifted Billy Graham with the ability to speak well and capture the attention of almost anyone. Graham used his gift wisely by sharing the gospel with as many people as he could.
Former presidents have traveled to the Billy Graham Library to pay their respects. President Bill Clinton was there today. President George W. Bush visited on Monday.
The Bible says “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” In fact, Paul wrote that, too. But President Clinton’s sins are probably more well known and advertised than the sins of most. Yet, Clinton’s visit to Charlotte, N.C. to pay his respects to Billy Graham and the Graham family show just how much Graham’s (and the Bible’s) message means to him.