"No Invite For Me"
May 18, 2010
For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men -- the testimony given in its proper time. 1 Timothy 2:5-6
Now you see him; now you don't. That kind of disappearing act works real well in a magician's performance.
It doesn't work so well when it comes to making Reverend Franklin Graham disappear.
Some time ago Pastor Graham, the son of Evangelist Billy Graham, was asked to speak at the Pentagon's National Day-of-Prayer observance.
It was an invitation he accepted.
Not so long afterward, someone decided Pastor Franklin should be uninvited from the event, that Pastor Franklin should disappear. And do you know the reason for withdrawing the invitation? Dr. Graham had made some comments about Islam being a hateful religion and unfair to women. Even more, he said he wanted the people of Islam to know Jesus loved them and be saved.
Now the Pentagon can invite anybody they want to such an event. On the other hand, if they are going to extend an invitation only to those clergy who are accepting of every other faith, the list is going to be pretty small.
It leaves out most Christian pastors. In fact, it leaves out the leaders of Islam. If there's any doubt about the validity of that last statement, see how religious freedom is practiced in countries where Islam is professed by the majority.
The truth is, I wouldn't give a plugged nickel for any pastor, priest, imam, or holy man who doesn't believe his faith is right.
Me, I know Christianity is right. How? I know because of the prophecies Jesus fulfilled, because of the miracles that were performed, and because of the Savior's post-resurrection appearances -- the validity of which was sealed by the apostle's blood. The list goes on, and it isn't a list shared by any other faith.
Of course, Reverend Franklin Graham knew that. As I pray you do too.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, You did what no other religious leader has ever done: You sacrificed Yourself so sinners might be saved. Now, by Your grace, may I stand fast in You who came as the ransom for all humanity. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries