Billy Graham: World Has Reverted to Barbarism as People Have Forgotten Jesus’ Words

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The Rev. Billy Graham warned in a daily
devotional post that the world has
reverted to a “sort of barbarism,” with
practical Christianity declining and
people forgetting Jesus’ words.
“The world, in the last few years, has
reverted to a sort of barbarism.

As
practical Christianity has declined,
rudeness and violence have increased.
Neighbors quarrel with neighbors.
Fighting is a major problem in our
schools and the ‘gang wars’ of the
teenagers have come to present a serious
menace in our cities,” the world-famous
evangelist wrote in a
devotional published on his website
Saturday.
“Fathers and mothers wrangle and
bicker. Homes are disintegrating. High
government officials in Washington
engage in name-calling and in heated
disputes not at all in keeping with the
dignity of their office.”
The increasing vitriol in the nation was
called out by Republican Sen. Marco
Rubio earlier this year. While on the
Senate floor, he warned that “we have
become a society incapable of having
debates anymore.”
“I don’t know of a civilization in the
history of the world that’s been able to
solve its problems when half the people
in a country absolutely hate the other
half of the people in that country,” he
said. “And I’m just telling you, we are
reaching a point in this republic where
we’re not going to be able to solve the
simplest of issues.”
In Graham’s devotional, which is titled
“An Angry World,” the 98-year-old
evangelist pointed to one reason for the
“savagery” that has “crept into our social
life.”
“It is because we have forgotten Jesus’
words, ‘Happy are the meek; for they
shall inherit the earth,'” he said,
referring to one of the Beatitudes.
“I have seen tough, rough, hardened men
open their hearts by faith, receive Christ
as Savior, and become gentle, patient,
merciful gentlemen.”
Ending the devotional with a prayer,
Graham said, “Fill me with Your mercy
and love, Lord. In an angry world let me
be used to bring peace where there is
strife.”
In an earlier column, the evangelist
tackled the question of what the one
unforgivable sin is — that is, “the sin of
refusing His forgiveness” .
“No matter who we are or what we’ve
done, God still loves us, and He promises
to forgive us — totally and completely
— if we will only turn to Him in
repentance and faith,” wrote Graham.
“Is this hard for us to accept? Yes, it is
— because it’s not the way we usually
treat each other … if someone deeply
hurts us or cheats us or lies about us,
then we have a much harder time
forgetting about it or forgiving them.”
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