Billy Graham on Racism

I thought I’d follow up my last post on evangelism and social justice with a story from the life of Billy Graham, the most famous Christian evangelist of our times.

Holding segregated events had always struck him [Billy Graham] as wrong, but he’d never chosen to take decisive action—until now. Walking toward the ropes that separated blacks and whites, Graham tore them down.

Mystified and uncomfortable ushers tried to put the ropes back up. Graham personally stopped them.

This symbolically powerful gesture marked a major ministry watershed. He never again led a segregated campaign.

“There is no scriptural basis for segregation. It may be there are places where such is desirable to both races, but certainly not in the church,” Graham told his Mississippi audience. “The ground at the foot of the Cross is level, and it touches my heart when I see whites standing shoulder to shoulder with blacks at the Cross.”

You can read the rest of the story here.

One thought on “Billy Graham on Racism

  1. Billy Graham the Civil Rights Activist?

    In the same vein as the previous post on the relationship between evangelism and social justice, apparently Billy Graham made a pretty strong symbolic statement at one of his meetings in 1952. We know Billy Graham the evangelist, but Billy Graham the f…


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