Evangelist Franklin Graham is proclaiming that the time has come for Christians to see America as their mission field and stand up like the Old Testament prophet, Daniel, did for God’s Truth — and shine His light in an increasingly godless nation.
When the son of the iconic world evangelist, Billy Graham, spoke to a crowd from the steps of the North Dakota State Capitol during his 26th stop on the Decision America Tour in Bismarck, he expressed a grave concern about the next generation of Americans.
“Daniel, in the Bible, lived in one of the most heathen, pagan countries in the world, but became prime minister under seven kings and two empires,” the younger Graham shared. “We need Daniels today.”
It starts with the youth
Spreading the Old Testament message from the book of Daniel to her students, 7th-grade Bible teacher Lois Johnson from Williston Trinity Christian School, has made it a mission to raise “Daniels” in her classes so that they will “stand up and stand out in a secular society.”
“I just see the need for prayer in our country,” said Johnson, who drove four hours to attend the event sponsored by theBilly Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). “I thought it was a great opportunity for our students to experience this, especially since it’s such a pivotal year in America.”
When others on campus heard that Johnson was going across the state to attend the event, her entire middle school decided to make it a field trip —including many parents and Williston Trinity Christian School Principal Cory Fleck.
“It is very special — in our country — to have this opportunity,” expressed Fleck, who joined 3,100 other North Dakotans at the Decision America Tour. “We are also aware that these freedoms could be taken away from us. I think that’s why I felt the importance to come here. And if the students don’t understand their rights as Americans — and as Christians — we’ll be overrun, eventually.”
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Michael F. Haverluck