Graham's Gift

October 07, 2007

John M. Buchanan has a good article about Billy Graham in the Christian Century. It is a review of The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. Buchanan offers this in his piece:

Graham did not attack or demean Christians who disagreed with him. He did not turn liberal and progressive into pejorative terms. Unlike many of his evangelical successors, he did not denigrate or question the faith of other Christians. In their conclusion the authors cite Martin Marty, who said of Graham: "He doesn't seem to have a mean streak in him. ... I think we've lucked out with Billy Graham."
What a great observation about Graham and the problem with some other evangelical leaders. We need more Christian leaders who can follow Graham's model. We need to embrace each other as fellow members of the body. And hopefully it will be said that none of us has a mean streak.