Using the recent “Duck Dynasty” incident as an example, in a statement on Monday, Franklin Graham expressed his disappointment that many Christians had avoided taking a “stand” on the issue and urged them to combat “the religious war” that has attacked and disparaged their values.
Graham, who is the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelical Assocation and chairman of humanitarian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, said while he was pleased to see how the Robertsons had stood by family patriarch Phil’s comments on homosexuality and race, he was frustrated that more churches did not speak out.
“I appreciate the Robertson family’s strong commitment to biblical principles and their refusal to back down under intense media pressure over Phil Robertson’s comments in a recent interview,” wrote Graham on the Billy Graham Evangelical Assocation website. “As the Robertson controversy winds down—at least for now—I have been amazed at how many churches have apparently “ducked” out on the issue (sin). Some were even quick to condemn Phil Robertson.”
Graham, who is a frequent guest on cable news network shows, said that it was imperative that Christians take their faith seriously in the public square and avoid becoming complicit in an agenda that does not have their interests at heart.