Christian Leaders React to Death of John McCain

Christian leaders across the U.S. reacted to the death of John McCain over the weekend, offering prayer, condolences, and ruminations on his impact on the nation.

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

“John McCain was a hero. He was tortured for his country, and stood up to his captors with courage. Ever since, he’s stood up for the ideals of democracy and freedom at home and around the world. His death is an incalculable loss for our nation.”

Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

“Our deepest sympathy and prayers for the family of @SenJohnMcCain. This man gave so much for our nation and will be greatly missed… [He] lived a life of service, was a true patriot, and wasn’t afraid to take a stand for what he felt was right. It was such an honor to spend time with him at my father @BillyGraham’s home in 2008. Let’s continue to lift up Senator John McCain’s family in prayer.”

Albert Mohler, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“I didn’t always agree with Sen. John McCain, but I must honor the valor of his military service, his sacrifice under horrible suffering as a POW in Vietnam, and his commitment to national service through decades in the US Senate. Praying now for his family.”

Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas

“I believe that Senator John McCain was able to look back on his life with few regrets and with the knowledge that he had served his country and his family well.”

–Joshua James