I am sure by now, you all heard have about Billy Graham. He passed away today after a long illness. His crusades started in 1947 at the time when America was still deeply segregated. Graham’s first integrated crusade was held in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1953. After the ropes cordoning off the black section of the auditorium were removed, Graham told the ushers who threatened to put them back up, “Either these ropes stay down or you can go on and have the revival without me.” From then on, Graham permanently adopted the policy of holding only integrated revivals. Many may not know this but to have held an openly integrated crusade in those days, back in 1953 was a very dangerous thing to do. That move should have cost him his life.
“Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.”
“Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.”
“When we come to the end of ourselves, we come to the beginning of God.”
“Someone asked me recently if I didn’t think God was unfair, allowing me to have Parkinson’s and other medical problems when I have tried to serve him faithfully. I replied that I did not see it that way at all. Suffering is part of the human condition, and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to him in trust and confidence.”
“Believers, look up – take courage. The angels are nearer than you think.”
“Quit beating yourself up. We all live under grace and do the best we can.” ~ Billy Graham.
Billy Graham, spoke to over 2 million people on his 1956 UK ‘crusade’, including a young monarch named Elizabeth II. Graham’s London crusade was considered a triumph beyond all expectation. The 11,000-seat Harringay Arena in north London was packed every night; 120,000 turned up to his finale at Wembley Stadium.
Over the following three decades, Graham returned to the UK seven times, each time preaching to capacity audiences.
Yes, I have read many things about him and his associations with many different political figures from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. He’s an excellent example of we are all flawed and under Grace we all do the best we can.