Graham, more than any evangelist I can think of, seemed to live what he preached, too.
As hard as he pushed for people to seek God in their lives, there was something about him that made it clear he never forgot his personal need for God.
And while evangelist after evangelist fell to some sort of scandal, Graham’s integrity remained unmarked by scandal. In this day and age, you have to respect that about anyone, no matter what line of work they’re in.
On the other hand, I need hardly mention that just because he was known as “America’s Pastor,” he was obviously not every American’s pastor. Some are quick to point out not only their lack of admiration for Graham but dislike or even hatred.
The question I ask when it comes to considering a holiday for Graham is whether we’d be as quick to want a holiday for a Catholic priest. Or a Jewish rabbi. Or a Muslim Imam. No matter how revered and respected they might be by a large part of the population — even if they were admired by as large a group we imagine might respect Graham, would it be right to elevate one of these other religious figures to the point of having a national holiday in their honor?
I think we all know how well that would go over.
One could easily argue that there’s always a national holiday named in honor of a pastor. But I think we all can agree that the holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was created because of his work in civil rights, not specifically in preaching the Gospel.
Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.