Franklin Graham: Trump's win is 'biggest political upset of our lifetime'
Friday, November 11, 2016
Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)
Acclaimed evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham is touting President-Elect Donald Trump’s win Wednesday night as the most dramatic come-from-behind victory in a presidential race in America since he can remember.
“[Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton is the] biggest political upset of our lifetime,” Graham asserted.
Overcoming much opposition from Clinton, the mainstream news media and even his own Republican Party, the billionaire still needs the daily prayers of Christians across America, says Graham, so that he can be a godly leader who receives godly counsel and puts it into play.
Shortly after the announcement early Wednesday morning that Trump defeated his favored Democratic rival, the Christian leader extended his congratulations and advice to Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence in a written message via Facebook.
"This election has been long, it's been tough, and it's been divisive,” Graham expressed to the Republican leaders on Wednesday. “It's time to put that behind us. Now is the time to come together in unity and work together.”
He relayed his hope that the incoming president and his running mate would help ignite the healing process of Americans – who became increasingly divided during the presidential campaigns – as even more divisiveness erupted via violent protests across the nation after Trump’s win.
“Our nation has so many problems that need fixing,” Graham continued. “Even more important are the spiritual needs of our country."
The son of the iconic evangelist, Billy Graham, reminded the future president and vice president about the spiritual dimension of the conflict raging throughout the nation.
"Whether we are rich or poor, without Jesus Christ we are the most desperately in need – the poorest of the poor,” Graham stressed. “We cannot ignore His hand and His supreme authority."
It was a God-thing on Tuesday
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The head of a network of pastors says there's only one explanation for the result of the presidential election: God worked a miracle.
Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network, says with the polls way off and the pundits so wrong, divine intervention is the only way to explain a Donald Trump victory.
"If God were to answer the prayers of his people, it would be done in such a way that it would be humanly unexplainable and therefore could only give God the praise and the glory for what was done," he tells OneNewsNow.
"That is what I believed happened [on Tuesday], and I believe we know biblically that God has raised up a person [and] a team. He has answered the prayers of God's people – and that is how we must look at this issue as we now then plan for the future and the road ahead."
Rohrer urges his fellow Christians now to bear down and pray for the president-elect and his future administration – specifically, "that God will come underneath them and that on their knees they will seek his face. And then we can see really, truly the manifestation of God's power."
The APN leader adds that he is encouraged that during the campaign Trump and his team sought the input of pastors and key Christian leaders.
A flawed leader with godly intentions
Even though Graham – who serves as the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) – did not endorse any presidential candidate during his “Decision America” tour that visited every one of America’s 50 state capitals, he advised Americans to vote for candidates and initiatives that promoted biblical values.
"One thing is for sure, we need to pray for our new president, vice president and our other leaders every day – whether we agree with them or not,” the 60-year-old evangelical leader urged, according to The Christian Post. “They need God's help and direction. It is my prayer that we will truly be 'one nation under God.'"
Emphasizing that his hope is in God – not in the Democratic or Republican parties – Graham reminded Americans last month during his tour stop in Richmond, Virginia, that he puts his faith in God alone.
"I have no hope in the Democratic Party,” the president of Samaritan’s Purse insisted. “Before you Republicans start doing back flips, I have zero hope in the Republican Party. The only hope for this country is God."
Before Tuesday’s election, Graham defended Trump from the numerous attacks on him from both parties, the media and believers and non-believers alike, asserting that his words from more than a decade ago do not accurately define who he is and what he stands for today on his road to the White House.
"You may have to hold your nose and vote," Graham told The Christian Post in a pre-election interview. "I have people that say, 'Well, I don't like Donald Trump – I don't like what he says.' Well, I don't like what he said either, I promise I don't like it. But those are things that he said 11 years ago – not something that he said today.”
The North Carolina preacher indicated that Trump did not display the ideal character sought after by Christians in a presidential candidate, but insinuated that the GOP leader – as a work in progress, like most Christians – strives to walk America down a godly path.
“I think Donald Trump has changed,” Graham added. “I think God is working on his heart and in his life. But people have to make up their own mind."
Giving Americans his last piece of advice before Tuesday’s election, the nationally respected pro-family advocate instructed Christians to not stop praying for God to lead them at the ballot box “according to His will and purpose” – so that America can avoid the just punishment that it should receive for turning its back on God and his Word.
"God may choose to bless our country again, or He may bring judgment – which we deserve,” Graham warned. “My prayer is that He would show us His grace and mercy."
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