Seeing Hope Amidst Moral Collapse

By   •   September 19, 2011

I think all of us agree that we’re seeing a moral collapse around us, not just of our nation, but all around the world.

Recently, however, along the shores of Lake Michigan and later in the shadows of the great Rocky Mountains, I watched as tens of thousands of young people gathered on two weekends for a purpose—to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ in music, in testimony, and in the preaching of God’s Word.

I had an opportunity to preach and extend the invitation multiple times. Each time, we saw hundreds repenting of their sins, confessing Christ as their Savior, and wanting to follow Him as their Lord. They “were redeemed from [their] empty way of life” (1 Peter 1:18, NIV) as they gave their hearts and lives to Jesus.

This happened only because of Holy Spirit power working through the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who shed His blood on the cross for our sins, died, was buried, and was then resurrected to life. I can’t explain it—I only know that when God’s Gospel is preached, “it will not return … empty, but will accomplish what [God desires] and achieve the purpose for which [He] sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

As I write this letter, my son Will is in the U.K. preparing to preach just outside London. I have been asked to come in 2013 to hold a major evangelistic event in London. The churches are wanting us to come and help.

If you watched the news recently, you saw youth mobs—teens and young adults who clearly don’t know right from wrong—rampage through the streets of London, burning cars, looting shops, and terrorizing neighborhoods.

The unruly, violent street riots clearly exposed the corrupt moral and spiritual state of young people in England today. Prime Minister David Cameron called the four days of savagery “a slow-motion moral collapse.” One secular British journalist identified the unrest as a spiritual problem that requires a biblical answer. She is absolutely right.

In a column for the Daily Mail, England’s second-largest newspaper, she wrote: “Repairing this terrible damage also means, dare I say it, a return to the energetic transmission of Biblical morality. When church leaders stop prattling like soft-headed social workers and start preaching once again the moral concepts that underlie our civilization, then—and only then—will we start to get to grips with this terrible problem.”

The problem is hardly limited to England. Recently in Philadelphia and several other U.S. cities, young people have used social media to form flash mobs that descended upon businesses and citizens with gang-like thuggery. And across America we see many other alarming evidences of the increasing ungodliness of our culture.

I am not surprised by any of this—but neither am I despairing. I believe with all my heart that “the gospel … is the power of God that brings salvation” (Romans 1:16). I believe in the transforming power of that Gospel that turns us from our wicked ways and makes us new creatures in Christ. I believe in the power of prevailing prayer, that God listens and responds to the pleas of His people as they repent of their sins and put their trust in Him (see 2 Chronicles 7:14).

What we saw in Milwaukee and Denver gives hope. Many people whose lives have been caught up in our nation’s moral decay, dragged down by the hurt and hopelessness of sin, were set free through Jesus Christ who came to earth “to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

A young single mother, who was hooked on heroin and had contemplated suicide, was under house arrest in Milwaukee for stealing things to sell for her drug habit. A Christian friend helped arrange a day pass that allowed her to bring her two young children to KidzFest, the Saturday morning children’s evangelistic event we held in each city.

As she listened with her children to the simple message of the Gospel, she became anxious and wanted to leave. The friend who had invited her persuaded her to stay a little longer for the kids’ sake. When the invitation was given, both her little boy and her little girl wanted to respond, and their mother finally agreed to walk with them to the counseling area.

The counselor who greeted the three of them noticed the mother begin to cry, and quietly pulled in two other counselors to help. Before the morning ended, the troubled mother called on the Lord for forgiveness of her sins and asked Him to change her life. Each of the three individually prayed to receive Christ.

A man named Doug had been addicted to methamphetamine. He lost everything he owned as well as his job, but was finally clean of drug use. His mother brought him to Rock the Range to enjoy the music, and during the afternoon as the bands played, two different people shared with him about the power of the Gospel to change a life. He said he wasn’t ready. One of them urged him to listen closely to the message when it was time for me to speak. He did, and the Holy Spirit opened his heart to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Pray for these and many others who heard the truth and responded.

Please also pray for those God drew to Himself across the Prairies of Canada at a Rock the River evangelistic event in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In late October I am leading an evangelistic Festival in the Baltic nation of Lithuania, and another a few weeks later in Hyderabad, India. Soon after that we will take the My Hope evangelistic project across the African nation of Zambia and, for the first time ever, to two nations in Europe—Spain and Portugal.

We need your prayers. God is at work. Your gift this month can be a catalyst for reaching hearts and transforming lives, bringing results that will last forever.

May God bless you,
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Franklin Graham,

President

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35 Comments

  1. BERNARR says:

    You don't have to travel world wide, we need help here very bad. but other people of this world in bad need also —I guess we need to reach out where we can —Thank the Lord for you a what you do to the people you touch——B C ALEXANDER

  2. Wanda says:

    God Bless you Franklin Graham and your ministry. I lift up your name, your Father's name and ALL who work in your ministry.

  3. Kathy says:

    I'm reading your dad's bio- when he was asked to go to England. The crowds were astonishing and God did a major work! Really the Holy Spirit used His preaching to bring revival. May He continue to do so throughout this sin sick world. We must proclaim Him! May He increase your opportunities to do so, give your organization the vision to keep going that The message of salvation can ring out to the all the earth during these tumultuous times! Blessings to all your team!

  4. JEANETTE says:

    BILLY GRAHAM IS THE GREATEST MINISTER TO PROUDLY GET THE WORD OF GOD OUT TO THE UNSAVED PEOPLE. I WATCHED YOU MANY YEARS AGO ON TV EVERY WEEK, THIS IS BACK SOME 40-50- YEARS AGO. AND FRANKLIN IS JUST AS GREAT AND GOD BLESS HIS SWEET THOUGHTFUL HEART FOR SPREADING THE WORD OF GOD AROUND THE WORLD. GOD BLESS YOU MR. GRAHAM.

  5. Lois says:

    I thank God for your father and his preaching at Youth Crusades when I was young. I pray for our youth to know Christ as their real, personal Saviour and to experience joy in serving HIM. I pray for the upcoming events and may God be glorified.

  6. betty says:

    We continue to pray for you and your Dad and that you are able to continue to do the work that you are doing. May Jesus name be Praised!!

  7. Norma says:

    I wept for joy as I read your article today. I just gave a message in my church on the power of the Gospel and your message is another confirmation that what God says is true! Lives are changed when they come to Jesus. God bless you Franklin for the work that you, and all of your family do, have done, and continue to do for the sake of the gospel!

  8. Eileen says:

    Thank you for the work you are doing in Gods name we need more people like you. I so love the work your Father has done for so many years. I would like to thank you because of your dad Billy was one of the many reason I Love the Lord my Father. He spoke to me when I was a child at seven yrs of age and now I am 49 and so greatful for everything God has done for me even through the pains of life. God Bless you always.

  9. Fran says:

    Please seek the Lord's direction, Franklin, re: amajor crusade in Chicago. The city is plaguedw/human trafficing, gangs, drugs and hopelessness. Chicago needs Jesus!

  10. Josh says:

    I feared that those who drew large crowds had ALL left out turning from the former way of life, i.e. repenting. I see so many who lift a hand and think, “cool, I am not going to hell”, but they don't even know Jesus who brings such freedom. I am willing to support your ministry because you are preaching the fullness of The Gospel Of Jesus Christ! May the Lord lead you in all you do.