Many of you are probably aware that Billy Graham passed away this morning. He was a very prominent American evangelist of the 20th century. Only Heaven knows the number of people impacted for eternity because Billy Graham faithfully proclaimed the gospel. More importantly, he lived the gospel.
I grieve today because that generation of preachers is almost gone. I’m not saying that they are dead. I’m saying that this current generation is full of those who prostitute the gospel for selfish reasons and live a lifestyle that is extremely questionable. No one can live a life of sinless perfection, but we can at least aim to be like Jesus. Some of the top preachers in this country now are popular because they are blatantly disrespectful and have little to no regard for personal holiness. Amidst a generation of narcissistic preachers who are quite scandalous financially as well as in other areas, Billy Graham lived a life of personal integrity. I know people today who will not darken the doors of an institutional church or watch any preacher but Billy Graham. He was a man who was well-respected.
May this be a call for believers today to rise up and share the truth that only Jesus saves. We must stop delegating this to preachers in hopes that they actually will teach how to be right with God. People may disagree with what I am about to say here, but we are in a post-Christian society. It was once popular to at least play the Christian game. Not now! Eternity hangs in the balance. What will you and I do for Jesus?