Depoliticizing the Pulpit: Missing Graham’s ‘John Hancock’

Posted: May 12, 2008 in Above the Fold, Follow up, Politics
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What they were looking forA while back, HiScrivener posted this about the noted “Evangelical Manifesto” making the rounds to every conservative AND liberal person of the cloth for support. Missing from the list was Billy Graham.

Well, the manifesto made it to the great evangelist’s desk and left without a signature.

But one of the manifesto’s authors, evangelical writer Os Guinness, says that doesn’t mean Graham disapproves of it. Guinness says Graham “welcomed” and “was deeply supportive” of the document declaring evangelicals’ identity and mission, but has only signed one document in the past — the 1974 Lausanne Covenant on world missions.

Can you blame him? He learned his lesson with marrying religion and politics during the “Tricky Dick” administration, and to his undying credit, has never made the same mistake again.

Oh well, onward and upward. Maybe the authors can get one of those memo pads, “From the desk of…” Stranger things have happened.


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