Franklin Graham encouraged Christians to run for political offices across the United States during a recent interview with the Christian Post. He said that after 62 years of walking the earth he doubts whether any of the current political parties have the answers to turn the country around.
He further said that he wasn’t going to support any particular candidates by name other than to encourage people who believe in Biblical principles to be involved in the 2016 elections.
Graham, who is head of Samaritan’s Purse, also said, “I want to challenge Christians to boldly live out their faith and to pray for our nation and its leaders. I want to encourage Christians to get out and vote, and to cast their ballots for candidates who uphold biblical principles.”
In an effort to mobilize people to turn out at the polls for the critical 2016 elections, Graham said he would be traveling to all 50 states in the U.S. to rally Christians to get involved in the upcoming political elections.
The son of famed evangelist Billy Graham expressed his doubts on WIAT 42 News about the current political sttuctures in the U.S., saying, “I have no faith in the Democratic Party. I have no faith in the Republican Party. I have no faith in the Tea Party, whoever they are.”
He has made no secret of his distrust of the two-party system which has dominated the American landscape for most of its existence, saying, “I’ve lived long enough to learn that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can turn this country around.”
He also said in a post to Facebook, “The only hope for this country is Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ.”
His disillusionment with the government and the way it has run this country is a feeling widely held among many people. H. Ross Perot was angered by the government and ran for president in 1992 and 1996 on a third party ticket as an Independent. Both times he obtained a sizable percentage of the popular vote, but he was not successful in winning the election either time.
Many political observers felt Perot took enough votes away from George H. Bush and Robert Dole to allow Bill Clinton to win both presidential elections.
Third parties are at a substantial disadvantage against the entrenched parties who are automatically on all the ballots in all the states for the electoral college. New parties have to jump through so many hoops and surmount so many hurdles it is extremely difficult to even get their names on the ballots of each state.
What chance does that give a third party movement? Not much unless there are vast amounts of cash and large numbers of people willing to support it. Perot was actually able to get his name placed on the ballots of all 50 states in 1992. His participation in the presidential debates with Clinton and Bush allowed him to gain roughly 19% of the popular vote.
In the 1996 election Perot had less success. Both major parties exerted their muscle and had Perot excluded from the presidential debates between President Clinton and Republican Senator Bob Dole of Kansas.
Graham has never mentioned any interest in starting a third party or running for President himself. Instead, he seems interested seeing that as many people with Christian values as possible are involved in the 2016 election which many see as the most important in the history of the republic.
As for his 50-state trek, Graham said, “Next year I am planning to travel to all 50 states to conduct prayer rallies-we are calling this the Decision America Tour.”
He further said, “I want to strongly urge Christians to run for public office at every level…..local, state, and federal. We will not be endorsing any political candidates, but I will be proclaiming the truth of God’s Gospel in every state.”
Graham also said further details about the Tour will come later. He asked for prayers.