Most know now that the Rev. Dr. Billy Graham is in the hospital. Apparently he is being kept because of pneumonia. There have been few leaders as respected by his own generation as Dr. Graham. Today, in our 'I hate all religious people since I'm so tolerant' age, there are those who simply hate him for hate's sake. I noticed on the Huffpost, multiple entries were deleted for violating Huffpost policy. Given the contempt and snide comments and outright bad taste flip offs of those they left on, it makes the blood run cold to think of what the ones that were censored said. But that's the post-modern Left for you.
For the rest of decent humanity, this is a time to pray and reflect on the life of a truly magnificent individual. He was the closest thing to a pope that Protestants had, a rallying point that they could look to. Not without controversy, and never calling himself perfect, Dr. Graham. was nevertheless able to plot a course in our rather brutal and unforgiving media world that allowed him to receive the much deserved respect of people around the world; not just Protestants, but Catholics, Orthodox, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, agnostics, atheists, and just about everyone possessing a heart and soul. They may not have liked him, or agreed with him. But just as I admitted in college, self-proclaimed agnostic liberal that I was, he believed in what he did, and in our post-modern world, that alone was worthy of respect.
God bless Dr. Graham, may those ministering to him do so with wisdom and care, and may God bless him for his years of service, and help all of us prepare for the inevitable moment that all mortals must face. In Christ's name, Amen.