By Michael Lodge
This morning I was watching the Nation’s Capital as they brought the body of Rev. Billy Graham to lie in repose. The President and leaders of the Senate and Congress spoke to honor a man that traveled the world, into our communities through evangelistic meetings, and radio and television. Who's whole message was simple - God Loves You.
As they ended the service with the capital a man sang a song call, "Just as I Am". Now I don't know if you ever went to a camp meeting or an evangelistic crusade but remember back to those times when at the end of the sermon they would call people up who wanted to accept Christ as their personal savior. The song that was always sang as new Christians walked to the front was, "Just as I Am". Billy Graham would call those who wanted to accept Christ, be reborn, and as they walked down you would hear "Just as I Am". Every minister did it. I have heard the song so many times as new believers walked down to say, accept me Lord - Just as I Am.
Hearing that song in the Capital of our Nation really meant a lot, it brought back those memories that I heard so many times. It is important that even the nation’s leaders, Congressmen, Senators, Cabinet members can come together just as they are. Accepting their responsibility, an evil as some of them may be, and say - accept me just as I am. Help me to know my flaws and take politics out and work together. No hate, no name calling. Now, there will always be those that hate because they have evil in their hearts. They have not made the choices that unite, instead they want to divide. Not just in politics but also we know these people within our own families and friends. So we put those people in our prayers, don't condemn, just pray. But we have to be wise also and block hate, hate walks with evil, we don't want to know evil. So we have to block the hate and pray for the hater. Hard to do? Yep, but we can do it.
Rest in peace Billy Graham. Our nation’s pastor.