The Rev. Franklin Graham gave an ominous warning to Christians living in the United States Sunday, as he expounded on how religious freedoms are being eroded stateside while believers are being persecuted throughout the world.
Graham also expressed his concerns about the Obama administration’s foreign policy, which has been to rebuke the nation’s allies, such as Israel, while countries known to be hostile to the U.S. are attempting to shape policy by gaining influence in the Democratic Party and by giving large donations to entities such as The Clinton Foundation.
“I believe we’re going to see persecution in this country,” Graham said during an interview on “Fox and Friends Weekend” on Sunday. “We’ve already seen many laws that have been passed that restrict our freedom as Christians. I believe it’s going to get worse, and we see no question gaining influence in Washington by those that represent the Islamic faith. We do have a problem in this country and we are losing our religious freedom and we’re losing it a little bit day by day.”
It’s not the first time that Graham, the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, has issued a warning for Christian Americans. He previously warned that America’s morality was crumbling because President Obama “defends Islam and chastises Christians, rebukes our allies and befriends our enemies, and fully supports gay marriage and abortion but denies the religious freedoms of those who don’t agree,” in a post on Facebook.
He has been outspoken in his critique of Obama’s leadership and that of nearly everyone in Washington, especially when it comes to the battle against ISIS. Graham also encouraged Christians to get involved in politics and run for office in order to do God’s will.
“Who says we can’t be in politics?” he asked in January at the Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference. “The gays and lesbians are in politics, I can tell you that. All the anti-God people are in politics. They’re there. Why shouldn’t the church be there? Who says we can’t speak up? Who says our voice can’ be heard? Get involved. I’m here to tell you that the only way, the only hope is not a Republican, it’s not a Democrat or whoever. The only hope is that this country repents of its sins and turns once again to the God of our fathers and to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ — otherwise, there is no hope.”
His comments on “Fox and Friends Weekend” reiterated his call for Christians to be involved in politics and spread the message of God’s love and forgiveness. When host Tucker Carlson asked what Christians can do to right the wrongs or correct the direction the country is headed, Graham said that everyone needs to pray and then actively participate in politics.
“We have a problem in Washington, and we have become so greedy, we have become so bitter, and we fight with one another. But we need Christian Democrats and Christian Republicans running for office. And we need to get God back in Washington,” Graham explained.