Standing in shock whilst looking at a fading poster on the wall on my way home from school as a maybe less than 10-year-old girl….
Why were there so many people in this picture?
It was a Billy Graham crusade, I never attended one, but the tales and pictures always left me in awe…
I’m not one for crowds and the one time I’ve ever being in such a crowd would be my attendance at the first ‘the experience’ [Billy Graham] crusade.
Years later, and looking back now, I’m pleased that I braved my phobia and attended anyway.
A Billy Graham crusade had the unique optic of crowds running towards the altar in answer to the call for salvation. It is an impression that stays with you for the rest of your life.
The Christian of today would evangelise, sometimes because we were asked to. And in many case, tying to bribe God in literal interpretation of Matt 6:33. But Billy’s ministry wasn’t about what he will get from God. It was about spreading the Word and expanding the Kingdom of Christ on earth.
“You can’t stop talking about the one you love, and it is that passion that causes people to listen to you,” he once said.
Not his wealth, not his degrees, not his great speeches, not the planes or houses or even children but HIS PASSION FOR SOULS…
To the great Evangelist Billy Graham, I say:
I am proud to have witnessed your ministry;
I am proud to be a co-Christian and co-labourer in His vineyard;
I am proud that I would share your ministry with my children and grandchildren;
I am proud that because of your life, my take on evangelism is different and purposeful;
I am proud that one day I would shake your hand, maybe get a side hug and seat with you in heaven;
You did not die, you simply changed address;
Rest on General, enjoy your coming home party, the angels waited a long time for this;
And to those who are still searching for purpose in their lives, I say:
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you,” Matt 6:33.