In the coming weeks, newspapers in as many as a dozen states will be publishing an ad featuring Billy Graham’s image and a call to support candidates who will support biblical values.
The ad has already appeared in a few publications, including the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. In the ad, Graham says he believes “it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel.”
The famed evangelist also urges Americans to vote “for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman.”
“The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren and this great nation is critical,” Graham states in the ad. “Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God.”
According to the DeMoss Group, which represents the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), no general ministry funds were used for the ad project. A number of friends who support the ministry of BGEA had reportedly contributed funds designated for the ad, which notably does not mention any candidate, political party, or contest.
Graham, who will celebrate his 94th birthday on the day after Election Day, reportedly expressed a desire to publicly call America back to God and to prayer, and to draw attention to moral issues that are clearly addressed in the Bible and have increasingly become part of a national political dialog.
“Since we believe this is one of the most important elections in our lifetime, my father and I have taken a strong stand in the past few months to encourage voters to support candidates on the national, state, and local levels who embrace biblical values,” shares Franklin Graham, who currently heads BGEA as the organization’s President.
“My father watches the news every day, and he is deeply concerned about the enormous moral issues facing our country,” the younger Graham adds in a recent letter to supporters.
The DeMoss Group reports that the number of states and papers in which the ad will run will depend on the amount of funding provided and designated for the BGEA project, as will the number of times the ad will run.
Also, as the message in the ad speaks for itself, no further details about the project will be released until after November 6.
Earlier this year, another ad featuring Billy Graham ran in 14 North Carolina newspapers, expressing the evangelist’s support for North Carolina Amendment 1, which sought to define marriage in the state constitution as a union of one man and one woman. On May 8, North Carolina voters approved the amendment 61.05% to 38.95%.
Published: October 25, 2012