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Evangelist encouraging values voters

Charlie Butts   ( Friday, October 19, 2012

Dr. Billy Graham is using newspaper ads to urge people to "vote for biblical values" November 6.

The full-page Wall Street Journal ad ran yesterday and made its debut in USA Today today. Similar ads are expected to follow in as many as a dozen states over the next few weeks. The honored evangelist is urging people to make their ballot decision based on biblical principles, including support for the nation of Israel, life, and traditional marriage.

Billy Graham WSJ adThe WSJ ad simply features a photo of Dr. Graham holding the Bible. His brief plea makes no mention of Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. "Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God," it states.

On American Family Radio's "Today's Issues" program, Dr. David Jeremiah recently shared that the idea originated from a one-on-one visit with Dr. Graham's son, Franklin Graham, in North Carolina.

"He said, 'Let me talk to my father.' The next day, I was leaving Boone to get back on the plane and come home, and he called me and … said -- and this is so funny because Franklin calls his dad, Dr. Billy Graham, he calls him 'Daddy' -- he said, 'I talked to Daddy about this, and he thinks it's a great idea. And Dr. Jeremiah, he wants you to make it happen,'" the pastor details.

Jeremiah, Dr. David

Dr. Jeremiah explains he soon found donors who "were just extremely thrilled to be able to help" remind people "that there's a moral climate in this nation that needs to be changed."

"Well, we're at a tipping point, really; there's no question about it," Jeremiah asserts. "If we have another four years of moral slippage in our national politic [like] we've had in the last four years, it may not be possible for it to be turned around."

Dr. Jeremiah recently released a seven-minute video with the same message as Dr. Graham's newspaper ads: vote values ( see earlier story).

The Shadow Mountain Community Church senior pastor and Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries founder says he personally thinks about the kind of nation his children and grandchildren will inherit if the country does not make a turnaround in the near future.

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