Monday, May 16, 2005

Still a front page man

Today's USA Today profiles Billy Graham in a cover story called, "The gospel of Billy Graham: Inclusion." Some of the highlights, On S-E-X:

"Before he asks God's help, Graham says, he begins with praise and thanksgiving for God's gifts: the beauties and bounty of nature, 'even the pleasures of sex, within the boundaries of marriage,' for God's word as revealed in the Bible, for God's love, revealed in Jesus."
On youth:
"It's amazing to see how many young people are searching for something else and don't know what. They will come to the meetings out of curiosity — they want to see someone who has believed it (God's truth) and lived it."
On politics:
"If I took sides in all these different divisive areas, I would cut off a great part of the people that I really want to reach. So I've felt that the Lord would have me just present the Gospel" and stay out of politics, he says.
On attitude:
"I don't have many sad days."
On devotions:
"I used to read five psalms every day — that teaches me how to get along with God. Then I read a chapter of Proverbs every day and that teaches me how to get along with my fellow man."
On aging:

"I see all this going on, but I just understand the basic principles that will be true in every generation. My world is passing me by."

On watching the Yankees:

"It's on the short list of things he can do."


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