Franklin Graham is hosting prayer rallies in each state capitol of the United State in his “Decision America Tour,” which began on January 5 in Des Moines, Iowa. He wants to preach the Gospel and ask for “God to heal our spiritually sick-and dying-land.”
Although they are timing their state capitol visits to coincide with primary election dates, this is not a political tour. He shared, “There will be no politicians on stage. I don’t have any hope that either Republicans or Democrats hold the key to the moral and spiritual revival of our nation. My confidence and hope are in Almighty God.”
Graham believes there is a “deep-seated antagonism and hostility toward Christianity in every seat of power in this nation.” The evidence for this, according to Graham, is recent happenings in the news.
He wrote, “Who would have ever believed that the most prestigious address in the United States—the White House—would be brightly lit in the colors of the gay rainbow to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s approval of gay marriage? Or that bakers and florists and photographers across the country would be persecuted, fined and threatened by federal and state officials for simply standing up for their religious rights? Or that a football coach would be sanctioned by the state for praying at a high school game? Or that law enforcement officials would be threatened with lawsuits for displaying decals with our national motto, ‘In God We Trust’?”
In Decision Magazine, Franklin Graham shared his three main goals for this tour:
“First and foremost, I want people to pray for our land and our leaders. Despite what the New York Daily News says, God can fix this. He works powerfully and effectively through prayer. Prayer calls on omnipotent, omniscient God to accomplish His sovereign will.”
“Second, I want to encourage God’s people to go to the polls, not just to elect our president but also for local and state elections. In the 2012 elections, it is estimated that 17 million evangelical Christians did not vote. That would have been more than enough to tip an election that was decided by 5 million votes.”
“Third, engage in the civic process wherever you can. Think what a huge difference it can make if godly men and women across this nation are elected to local offices. There will be opportunities to positively influence our neighborhoods, communities and schools. Perhaps we can check the decaying spread of policies promoted by those with hostile anti-Christian agendas.”
He continued, “I don’t believe the foundation laid by our forefathers is destroyed just yet, but it certainly is cracked and crumbling.”
Graham wants to encourage Christians to pray for America, vote and work hard “to be a clear voice for God’s eternal truth and His redeeming love.”
“I hope that God will use the Decision America Tour as a spark for revival and awakening in our nation. My confidence and trust is completely in His mercy and grace,” wrote Graham.