|Billy Graham RIP
||[Feb. 22nd, 2018|09:56 am]
I don't think Billy Graham was wrong exactly. If you want to change the world you have to start with yourself. That's what he was saying- only it came out as "you need to let Jesus into your heart"- and, of course, there was cultural baggage attached. He had a simple message for complicated times- but if he'd been as wise as a serpent as well as innocent as a dove he might have avoided sharing a platform with Richard Nixon. No-one ever questioned his fundamental decency. |
In his pomp he could have duked it out with the Pope and the Dalai Lama as to who was the world's most famous religious leader- and might well have won. If he had died back then it would have been all over the media. As it was he slipped away so quietly that the British press barely noticed. His obituary in the Guardian was written by a man who died in 2007- which is a measure of the extent to which he had outlived his era.
I'm sorry but I do not believe that any true Man of God would be racist or a Jew hater. and he was, when his facade slipped.
But then, I guess no one is perfect.
He was ignorant and incurious. He didn't look very deeply into things. His support for McCarthy- and later for Nixon- was naïve at best.
I'm trying to be fair. On a personal level I find most of what he stood for deeply unattractive.
2018-02-22 11:48 pm (UTC)
His obituary in the Guardian was written by a man who died in 2007- which is a measure of the extent to which he had outlived his era.
Wow, no kiddin'. That's wild, in a way.
I have to admit, I'd thought he was dead already. Or, like, if you asked me last week when he died I might have said "I dunno, ten years ago?"
I find that happens a lot. Famous people are reported to have died and I'm surprised to learn that they were still around.
My first thought on hearing that Billy Graham had died was, good heavens, I didn't realise he was still alive! Um... If you see what I mean.
I find that happens to me quite a lot.