On October 18, Cissie Graham Lynch joined a panel of national faith leaders for the livestreamed “Non-Essential?” event to discuss Christian rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the controversy surrounding what the government is labeling “essential” and “non-essential,” Christians have found themselves under attack. During the 2-hour livestream, viewers had an opportunity to worship, pray and be educated on how they can unite with other Christians to maintain their rights.
“Back in 2016, there were 40 million evangelicals who chose not to vote,” Franklin Graham’s daughter said. “In America, we’ve been given the precious gift of freedom, and with that freedom comes the opportunity to be part of the solution. We’re in times where Christians can no longer sit on the sidelines anymore. We have to have a voice.”
Along with Lynch, the free event featured Christian leaders Charlie Kirk, Dinesh D’Souza, Kirk Cameron, Pastor Rob McCoy, Pastor Jack Hibbs, David Harris Jr. and Dr. Dan Erickson. Live-streaming from Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in Chino, California, they examined what’s at stake in the country with the upcoming elections.
“How we are governed has never mattered more. We’ve been told a lot of things in 2020 aren’t essential,” said Lynch, who recently co-hosted the livestream for Prayer March 2020—where tens of thousands came to Washington D.C.’s National Mall to pray for America.
“We as Christians need to draw the focus of what is essential for our country to continue the way our forefathers intended it to be or it could be completely changed,” she continued.
Donations taken in during the “Non-Essential?” event went to the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team’s national law enforcement ministry, which addresses the unique emotional and spiritual needs of law enforcement officers and their families.
“When we look at what is essential, love is truly essential,” Lynch said. “Every human being needs it. And the greatest love story ever told is Jesus Christ, spreading His arms wide across the cross to provide each of us freedom—freedom from our sins.
“The Bible says to whom much is given, much is expected [Luke 12:48],” Lynch said. “Each of us have been given the precious gift of freedom, and I think much is expected of every one of us this election.”