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Billy Graham at the height of his preaching in the 1940's
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Billy Graham alongside President Nixon 1970
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God has gifted man with the ability to speak, but not every man gets the opportunity to speak to millions of people around the world. Billy Graham was an evangelist, who preached the Gospel of Christ to millions through radio and television programs. Graham’s rise as a widely known Christian pastor began with spreading positive messages on radio shows after World War II. His encouraging words about Christ pulled the masses away from their fear of Communism taking over America and helped to explain the chaos as spiritual warfare. Soon after, Graham’s messages continued to capture large audiences and the hearts of the powerful.

Billy Graham passed away at ninety-nine years old, on February 21st in his home in North Carolina. Shortly after his death his casket was placed in the Rotunda of the Capitol building in Washington DC. He is only the fourth private civilian to lay in state in the rotunda of the Capitol building, and the first religious leader to receive such honor.

Graham impacted the world like no other religious figure had, and became known as “America’s

Billy Graham speaking in Berlin at the Olympic Stadium 1957
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Pastor”. He spoke in such a dynamic way, that people could not help but commit their lives to Christ after a short period of hearing him speak. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan stated at his funeral, “He ministered to all walks, from some of the greats whose statues line this hall — Eisenhower, King, Ford, and Reagan — to the everyday citizens lining up today to pay their respects.” President Trump stated, “Reverend Graham shared the power of God’s word with over two hundred million people.” Graham was so influential as a man for others in the Christian world he was able to get through the Iron Curtain of post World War II Russia where no political leaders were allowed to go. Through his preaching, Graham was able to greatly assist with the diplomatic ties of America.

Billy Graham will forever be remembered in the hearts of many in our Xavier Community, and all those he touched with his ministry and through his crusades. Graham stated his thoughts on death which went viral on social media, “Someday you will hear or read Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”

 

Sources:

“Billy Graham.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 21 Feb. 2018, https://www.biography.com/people/billy-graham-9317669

Boorstein, Michelle. “Billy Graham is the first religious leader to lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol.Some say he should be the last.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 1 Mar. 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/03/01/billy-graham-is-the-first-religious-leader-to-lie-in-honor-at-the-u-s-capitol-some-say-he-should-be-the-last/?utm_term=.1c67ed9dcd76

Gilbreath, Edward, and David Harrell. “Billy Graham.” Christian History | Learn the History of Christianity & the Churchhttp://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/evangelistsandapologists/billy-graham.html

Kellman, Laurie, and Associated Press. “Billy Graham, lying in honor in Capitol Rotunda, praised by Trump, politicians as ‘America’s pastor’.” The Salt Lake Tribunehttps://www.sltrib.com/religion/2018/03/01/billy-graham-lying-in-honor-in-capitol-rotunda-praised-by-trump-politicians-as-americas-pastor/

 

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