In his new book, “Through My Father’s Eyes,” Franklin Graham recounts that his father had concerns.
VIDEO: ABC’s Today Show interviews Franklin Graham to discuss his new book ‘Through My Father’s Eyes’
Billy Graham had become known as “America’s Pastor” by advising presidents of both parties, from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush. Would his son, coming into his own as a more partisan evangelical, be taking sides?
“He was concerned because it was a political year and that, ‘Franklin you don’t want this to be seen as political,’” the son said in an interview. “And that’s why I went out of my way to make sure that this was a prayer rally. … And I made sure I did not tell anyone how to vote.”
The younger Graham pointedly avoided endorsing candidate Donald Trump, but neither did he abandon him, as other evangelicals did in response to scandals that surfaced during the campaign. He has since become an outspoken Trump ally, and writes in the book that he thanks God the Republican was elected.
As the leader of his father’s namesake association and the Samaritan’s Purse charity, Graham has been more in the spotlight since his father’s death in February at age 99. It’s a sensitive time for American Christians: While some evangelicals support Republicans without question, others struggle to find support in the Bible for what Trump says and does.
Graham acknowledges both conservative Christians and a wider audience in his book, which intersperses his views on religion, culture and Trump with quotes from his father and family anecdotes.
“I started by just looking at the things that I have learned from my father that I thought I could pass on to others, that would help them in their lives,” Graham explained in an interview.
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