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I (along with about 500 million others!) get the mail from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association with the latest news.  I admire Rev. Billy Graham and also his son, Franklin.  I have read and re-read Franklin Graham’s autobiography, Rebel With A Cause (Here it is if you want to order it!  I recommend it! and it has some wonderful stories about how Franklin came to the Lord and is fully dedicated.  He preaches and continues to run Samaritan’s Purse. I use the Billy Graham way for salvation so seekers can learn more about trust in Jesus and here it is!

I also admire cautiously the effort to encourage believers in Christ to vote their values in the election.  While I think a pastor in the public eye should be cautious about politics, I will trust that Billy and Franklin Graham were led by the Spirit and acted with integrity.  Here’s what my mailpiece said however:

The results of the recent election show a definite move toward secularism and a shift away from Christian values and biblical morality. In some states, same sex marriage was approved and marijuana was legalized. Unbelievably, whether it was apathy or indifference, there were millions of evangelical Christians who stayed at home and did not go to the polls. Had more Christians exercised their right and privilege to vote in this election, perhaps the outcomes on the national and state levels could have been quite different.  (Emphasis added)

I am sure Rev. Franklin Graham is right but I wanted to confirm it from another source.  Rev. Franklin Graham was reported to have said that a “majority” of evangelicals did not vote in 2012.  There is some dispute about that:

In fact, white evangelicals/born-again Christians made up the same percentage of the electorate as they did in 2008 – 26%. They voted for Mitt Romney, a devout Mormon, by a wider margin than they did for Sen. John McCain four years ago.

And, they made up a larger share of the electorate in 2012 than in 2004, when the Christian Right supposedly fueled George W. Bush’s reelection. They also voted for Romney with the exact same margin as for Bush in 2004, 78%-21%.

But Franklin is right about less than half of the larger evangelical community did not vote and some believers voted for President Obama (which I think is a poor use of the gift we have in our nation to select our leaders!):

Not to mention, Obama won the 48 percent of the electorate that was Christian and not Protestant or Mormon — 50%-48% among Catholics (25% of the electorate) and 50%-49% of “Other Christians” (23% of the electorate).


So far, 123 million votes have been counted in this election – and that number will get higher by the millions as votes continue to be counted like in 2008. Evangelicals made up 26 percent of them, therefore, about 32 million evangelicals voted – less than half of their population.

But I only mention that to say:  Maybe we do need revival in our land.  In fact, I’d say it stronger:  We need a Holy Ghost revival in the United States (and Western Europe, too) and my mailpiece (here‘s the web version of part of this mailpiece) from the BGEA says:

Because God is slow to anger and merciful to sinners, it is important that we do all we can to bring the message of repentance of sins and forgiveness through Christ to as many people as we can—and to do so with a real sense of urgency. We need to pray diligently for the lost, for revival in our own hearts and in churches, and for a turning of our nation to God.


I’m inviting you to be a part of this, starting right now. Every great evangelistic effort begins with prayer, is sustained with prayer, and ends with prayer. So I urge you to make a list of unsaved friends and family, then begin praying regularly for their openness to the Gospel and their salvation. What better Christmas gift could you give them?

Will my brothers and sister in Christ who read this blog covenant with God to pray for the lost?  Pray their hearts be right.  Pray that people will come with Jesus in their heart, with the holiness and the brokenness in their lives, sincerely seeking God’s face in their world today.  Pray Pray PRAY!  Pray for the President and other leaders:

“I would like to call on Christians in America to especially pray for our president and all those in authority.  ‘…supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all who are in authority: that we may live a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.’ (I Timothy 2:1-2 [KJV])”  (Blogger’s note:  The BGEA used a more modern translation of the same verse that I did not use for copyright reasons.)

But I also want you to see that revival can happen:  It may be happening.  In one of the world’s newest nations:  The Republic of South Sudan Here’s the BGEA story about that:

When I was in South Sudan just a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but notice the sharp contrast between what has been happening in America and what God is doing in this, the newest country in the world. I preached the Gospel to 100,000 people who stood in the hot African sun to listen to God’s Word.


It is the church in South Sudan that is forming the backbone for the country’s future. Many government leaders and cabinet members are strong believers—some are even preachers. Church leaders are eager to have the preaching of the Gospel as a foundation of their emerging country.

We called our evangelistic Crusade in the capital city of Juba Hope for a New Nation. A jubilant 600-member choir, the largest Christian choir ever assembled in the Sudan, ignored the stifling heat and sang in worship to the Lord in both English and Arabic. Thousands—young and old—received the message of repentance and forgiveness and ran forward to make public professions of their faith in Jesus Christ.

A prominent local bishop summed up his thoughts on what had happened. “God has visited us. South Sudan is not going to be the same. The churches of this land are not going to be the same. God is blessing this nation. God is reigning in this nation. God is bringing hope to this nation. God’s Name will be exalted.”

Saved, sanctified leaders of nations are critical.  But the people can remain in unbelief.  If you are a follower of Christ, make every effort to live a holy and winsome life that will attract people to the God we believe in.  Christ is the hope for a new nation but He helps old nations, too!

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”  Proverbs 14:34 (KJV)

If you need to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and only hope for eternal life, go here!





About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Jack Lee says:

    For the most part, and sadly, the pulpit is a lost soul and soon to be a lost art if the clergy do not wake up. In the vast majority of both eastern and western religions alike; massive debt, massive borrowing, abortion, and homosexuality are all considered sinful.

    So, while the Obama administration was, and is, running up massive debt and borrowing forty cents on every dollar to do it, where is the pulpit? Essentially Silent!

    As abortion clinics are being splattered all over the land (primarily in or very near inner cities), where is the pulpit? Essentially Silent!

    As the pro-homosexual and same sex marriage (which was legalized in four states) agenda continues to ramp up even though only about two percent of the population is considered homosexual, where is the pulpit? Essentially Silent!

    As Religious Liberty is being ripped out of the Constitution by ObamaCare, where is the pulpit? Once again, essentially silent!

    Ladies and gentlemen, this is what you call a trend and in this particular case, not a good one. It is mind boggling to me and I can only speculate that maybe the clergy are way too busy running their Church “businesses” and/or Church “entertainment centers” to be involved in the moral issues of the day. What are your thoughts?

    • Yes the Church must speak out on moral issues but also call sin sin and call the nation to repentance and turn back to God. The Church does not have to touch politics per se.

      I agree that there is a secular war against religion and the secularists are in many cases winning because of a poor understanding of US history.

      Thanks Jack for coming by.

      Sandy Sanders

  2. Walt Fitzhugh says:

    Christmas: Your city and schools don’t have to cave to atheist threats
    December 7, 2012

    Dear AFA Supporter,

    This year seems to be “open season” on cities and public schools by atheist groups who are bent on taking the joy of Christmas out of communities everywhere. They despise Christianity and they hate Christmas. How sad.

    For example, in the past two months, groups like Freedom From Religion Foundation have threatened to sue cities and schools for recognizing the true meaning of Christmas.

    Illinois: The village of Alsip stopped displaying a cross on its water tower, something they’ve been doing every Christmas for some forty years.
    California: After sixty years of displaying a Nativity scene in one of its public parks, the city of Santa Monica has been forced to discontinue this blameless custom. Surprisingly, the atheists did not sue to have the word “Santa” removed from the city’s name.

    Michigan: The village of Warren had a Nativity scene since 1945, but they don’t have it anymore. That’s right, another atheist lawsuit.

    Virginia: Attempting to compromise, Loudon County supervisors have decided to allow both Christians and atheists to set up seasonal displays this year on the courthouse lawn. Atheist displays in the recent past have included a skeleton in a Santa Claus suit, nailed to a cross.

    Florida: Cottondale Elementary School replaced a Nativity scene with Frosty the Snowman.

    Rhode Island: Gov. Lincoln Chafee has replaced the state’s “Christmas” tree with a “holiday” tree.

    Hawaii: Mitch Kahle, founder of the Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church threatened a lawsuit against the Moanalua High School orchestra for performing in a church. In response, the school canceled its planned Christmas concert altogether.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. Atheists are becoming bolder in their attacks because city and school officials are afraid to take a stand.

    Be ready to take action!

    Many times, city officials and schools cave into atheist groups because they don’t know their rights. Help make sure your city or school knows they don’t have to cower in fear any longer.

    If your city or school comes under the baseless scare tactics of atheist groups, take it upon yourself to immediately contact one of these Christian-based constitutional attorney groups who stand ready to defend religious freedom.

    Our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom and Liberty Counsel stand ready to offer legal representation to communities and schools against anti-religious zealots who wish to destroy all public displays of Christmas.

    Keep these numbers handy and be ready to contact:

    Alliance Defending Freedom
    15100 N. 90th Street
    Scottsdale, AZ 85260

    Liberty Counsel
    PO Box 540774
    Orlando, FL 32854
    1- 800-671-1776

  3. Elmer Brown says:

    FYI: The Grahams were closet Democrats until this Election.

  4. Elmer, thanks for st for coming by. You may well be right – most Southerners Billy Graham’s age were registered Democrats if for no other reason they wanted to vote in local and state elections and the Dems were the only game in town. As far as Franklin Graham I am not so sure.

    Sandy Sanders


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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