Trump’s warm words for Graham are an acknowledgment of the role the founder of Samaritan’s Purse and son of Billy Graham played in delivering his election victory.
CHR Comment: According to the article, Graham did not campaign directly for Trump but called attention to issues that brought Trump and Evangelical voters together. The role of Evangelical Christians in the Trump win is one of the significant stories in American Christianity this year. Both the Trump and Clinton campaigns courted Christian voters.
Source: Franklin Graham ‘So Instrumental’ In My Victory, Says Trump | Christian News on Christian Today
Evangelicals made Trump’s candidacy; now they need to help remake his presidency.
CHR Comment: American Christians struggled over who to vote for in the presidential election. There are many articles on this topic, which I will likely describe in my annual summary. See the two links below for different perspectives.
Source: Trumped: American Politics Turned Upside Down | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer
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The evangelist (and CT founder) is 98 today. An historian examines the way he shaped the church and the world.
CHR Comment: Grant Wacker takes the occasion of Graham’s birthday to recount how the evangelist’s views have remained the same and how some views have changed over the years. The changes in Graham’s views seem to mirror changes in American Evangelicalism.
Source: The Remarkable Mr. Graham | Christianity Today