I always respected Billy Graham for his commitment to keep the Gospel and it’s non-partisan message separate from ever-changing politics. As a result of this approach, Billy Graham gained a solid reputation from all sides of the political spectrum, as someone who could be trusted. He gained influence with almost everyone. He met with multiple Presidents, Democrat and Republican, while not polluting Christian Orthodoxy with partisan politics. He is one of only a few people to lie in state in the nation’s capitol. Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son, takes a different approach, embracing politics and politicians, and as a result, doesn’t appear to have the same influence and the credibility with people who embrace different politics. I will miss people like Billy Graham.
Pew Research shows the distribution of religious belief in the United States.
I really like David Brooks. In this article, he simultaneously recognizes that suffering–although terrible–can turn out for good. It can mold and shape us into something else, perhaps something better. It can direct our lives toward something greater. I believe suffering can be dangerous and detrimental; but I also believe how I choose to respond to suffering often determines whether or not I become better. I don’t believe suffering always turns out for the worse. Suffering can actually turn out to be beneficial to us and others. It can be hopeful.