Franklin Graham urges thousands to vote at Capitol rally

Presidential prayer rally in Lansing

LANSING, MICH. - LANSING - Voters may not like their choices in this year's presidential election, but that doesn't mean Christians should stay at home on Nov 8, Franklin Graham said Tuesday, addressing a crowd of thousands in front of the Michigan State Capitol.

"You vote," he said. "You may have to hold your nose. You might want to do that, but go vote."

Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, is traveling to all 50 states to hold prayer rallies as part of his "Decision America Tour."

"Beware," Graham told a crowd estimated by organizers at 8,100 people, "because the next president isn't going to nominate one (U.S. Supreme Court justice). It could be three, four, possibly five. And that would change the courts of our nation for the next 50 years or longer."

Graham also said the country needs a "Christian revolution," with Christians running for office at every level of government.

"Over the last 40 years, secularism slowly infiltrated Washington," he said. "And then it got into our capitals and statehouses. It got into our municipalities. It's gotten into every area and our schools and universities."

"Secularism and communism, one and the same," he said. "They're both godless. And, while we were standing guard against godless communism, we were asleep as godless secularism has come into our country."

Graham didn't explicitly express support either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but he railed against progressives, abortion, the entertainment industry and same-sex marriage.

"Many people say it is too late for America," he said. "No, it's not. Not when the church comes and the church begins to pray, it's not too late."

Eileen Salfi, who traveled from Waterford Township to attend the rally, said she believes Graham "wants us to pick the candidate who is most aligned with biblical principles."

"With this year's voting, it's the lesser of the two evils, so we have to try to decipher which of those (candidates) is more in line with our teachings," she said.

"I have made a decision," chimed in Teresa Schenk, of Commerce Township. "It's a pretty clear decision for me for a lot of reasons, but I don't think I want to share it."

Schenk said the two friends have been aware of Graham's tour across the country and took a moment to snap photos of his tour buses before the rally, his 45th stop the tour.

"This country needs a revival, that's for sure," Salfi said. "We need to turn back to God."

(© 2016 WZZM)


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