Franklin Graham: ‘Political Correctness Gone Amok’

By   •   February 20, 2012   •   Topics: ,

One of the most sinister and menacing threats to our society today lurks under the lethal guise of two small initials—PC.

I’m talking about political correctness—the maddening and prevailing public sentiment of offending no one (except Christians). It has infected our schools, government, universities, and the marketplace, leaving no room for moral absolutes or the authoritative truth of Scripture.

Instead, political correctness demands tolerance of everything as it panders to the godless values of pluralism, marginalizing and even persecuting men and women of faith.

Let me give you a few examples.

After 30 years of placing cards with a line or two from the Psalms on meal trays, Alaska Airlines has announced they are discontinuing that practice. I am very familiar with that company, and they have blessed countless thousands of passengers with encouraging promises from God’s Word. What changed? Some people complained that they were offended, and a simple expression of uplifting faith was suddenly ended.

Just a few weeks ago, a friend of mine, Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, had to withdraw from a planned address to West Point, where my son Edward attended. Gen. Boykin is an American hero and the former commander of the elite Delta Force. He played a leading role in various covert operations and served during conflicts in Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He was severely wounded in action.

However, when some politically correct people discovered Gen. Boykin was speaking, they began a media campaign to stop him, pointing to his criticism of radical Islam, whose militant adherents have killed thousands of innocent civilians on American soil. One commentator on a national news network called the effort to block Gen. Boykin “political correctness gone amok.”

I know exactly what he was facing. Some of the very same people worked together against me in 2010 to force the Army to withdraw my invitation to speak at the Pentagon on the National Day of Prayer because nine years earlier I had called the radical element of Islam what it is—evil and wicked.

The official explanation of my disinvitation was dripping with political correctness: “His past statements are not consistent with the multi-faith emphasis and inclusiveness of this event.”

Do you see the insidious nature of all this? Inclusiveness now means excluding anyone who speaks out firmly for truth. It is happening everywhere in the country. Wishing to offend no one, our nation’s politicians, leaders, and decision-makers now stand for absolutely nothing. The very foundation of our Judeo-Christian morality is severely threatened.

The real offense is the Gospel itself. The Bible says that Jesus and His sin-conquering work on the cross are a “stone of stumbling and a rock of offense” (1 Peter 2:8, NKJV). Politically correct people hate the Name of Jesus. They despise the Gospel. They don’t want to be reminded of their sin or their need for a Savior. They can’t handle the Truth.

Yet it is that very Truth that can set people free. At BGEA, we want to be sure that—in every opportunity He gives us—we have boldly “preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 8:12). It is my goal to speak of Jesus and the Gospel, even if only briefly, during every media interview (although some news programs edit that part out).

At Festivals and Crusades everywhere, including those scheduled this year from Texas to the Great Lakes, we preach that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” but that God offers forgiveness and eternal salvation by “His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23, 24).

My son Will has just returned from preaching at Crusade events in India, where God brought a wonderful harvest. In a few weeks he is going to Texas for evangelistic Crusades (called Celebrations) in the Dallas area. Pray for him as he proclaims the Gospel.

As this letter is mailed, I am headed to Sendai, Japan, to hold a Festival of Hope on the anniversary of last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. For many in Japan, the anniversary date will be a reminder of terrible suffering and sorrow, but we pray that this will also be an opportunity for people to find new life and hope in Jesus Christ.

My friend and colleague Dennis Agajanian toured Japan for more than two weeks in advance of the Festival, singing at concerts and presenting the Gospel. Hundreds have already responded.

In April I will be preaching the Gospel at a Crusade in Accra, Ghana, and soon after that in Budapest, Hungary, and Riga, Latvia. Then we’ll go to Rochester, N.Y., for the first of several Crusade events in cities around the Great Lakes.

I am not politically correct—never have been and never will be. Was the Apostle Paul politically correct? He spent more time in prison than anywhere else, but he said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16, NASB). God used Paul and his preaching to take the Good News all over the known world.

Jesus said, “Blessed is he who does not take offense at Me” (Matthew 11:6). Thank you for your prayers and your gifts, an investment that helps bring life-changing hope to people for today and for all eternity.

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  1. Annie says:

    We can't know how long our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will allow such PC to go on. Therefore, we must be about His business of reaching souls for the Kingdom. Thank you Franklin for your honest effort to speak the truth on a national level.

  2. Billy says:

    Your comments on right on point. We all (Christians who believe in the inerrant Word of God) will continue to be under attack from those who care nothing for the truth but trade the Truth for a Lie. I encourage to read Steve Hale's Book, Truth Decay

  3. Fitzroy says:

    Be encouraged Rev. Graham, while we are always to love, we are only to tolerate things that are characteristic of the True God.

  4. Kahna says:

    Amen! Dear God, I pray for Franklin Graham–strengthen him and give him stamina and grace for the work he is doing. Thank You for this man and his resolve to hate political correctness! Put a hedge of protection around him and your angels. Thank You

  5. john says:

    beloved Christians, remember what our Lord Jesus said in Matt.10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men; him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Stand up for Jesus, our time is now. And may God bless America again.

  6. LittleBear says:

    this is all scriptural said in his word, the persecution of Christians and lying, so we continue to pray. no fear, 2Tim 1:7) 1 Tim 4: 2-7Very beautiful words are from the heart of our Lord that we continue to persevere faithfully with Love.

  7. Dianna says:

    Thanks for being a voice of reason!

  8. Frank M. says:

    Chapter 16 of Luke,read verses 1-16.Ezekiel 33:30-33. Preach it brother Franklin!!

  9. John W says:

    Franklin is not compromising the truth. Christians are able to express their beliefs and we need to do this. Not just say it or think about it. Let's do it. Remember the last few verses in the gospel according to Matthew.

  10. Gladys says:

    Someone made the comment that 'we Christians have been too timid'. Well, God still hears our prayers and we should make a more concerted effort to pray daily for God to Bless America. Have faith in our Lord Jesus .