Evangelist Franklyn Graham claims that President Barack Obama completely ignored the moral side of the recent murders in South Carolina.
“President Obama’s answer to the tragic shooting of nine people in Charleston, SC, is to have more gun laws,” Graham posted Facebook. “With all due respect Mr. President, all of the laws in the world can’t change the human heart – only God can do that.”
Graham continued with posting, “Our nation needs a spiritual healing—we have turned our back on God and His laws. Hollywood is responsible for glorifying gun violence on television, in movies, and in the video gaming industry. This plays a big part in our culture of gun violence today. If you want more laws, why don’t you ask Congress to pass laws against the poisoning of the minds of our young people by this godless industry?”
He feels that Hollywood- not gun laws- are to blame for glorifying gun violence as well as video games which allow children to re-enact violent gun attacks. He believes that they have given rise to a culture of gun violence.
Graham also commented in a separate post about the tension surrounding the Confederate flag- a tension that has always been present, but has been heightened after the racially motivated shootings in Charleston.
Graham states his stance very eloquently, “We are all Americans, and we need unity today more than ever. Through faith in Christ we can have love and reconciliation with one another—regardless of race. Jesus Christ can change the human heart and take away the prejudice, racism, and hatred that lies within.”
The most interesting statement that Franklyn made recently involved his comments towards the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. He comments on Obama’s declaration that attitudes across the U.S. have shifted towards favoring this change. Graham acknowledges that there is a shift, but it is not a good shift for America. He references the shift in attitudes as a moral decline that has become manifest.
“Accepting wrong as right—accepting sin as something to be proud of. Yes, that’s definitely a shift.” he commented.
In his post, he warns Obama will face consequences for their decision on this matter.
“Should we be surprised that he thanked the LGBT community for all that they had helped him accomplish during his time as president? Obama said, “A lot of what we’ve accomplished over these last six and a half years has been because of you.” He also noted there were two states where gay marriage was legal when he took office, but now there are 37. The President is leading this nation on a sinful course, and God will judge him and us as a nation if we don’t repent.”
Our Two Cents:
Well put! However, the piece of evidence that has not been taken into account is that studies cannot conclusively find a correlation to support that television and video games are the source of violent behavior. It may encourage aggression, but not a tendency towards violence. Researchers on the subject feel that individuals may predisposed to violent tendencies, have underlying psychological issues, or not be able to separate fantasy from real life, and that inability to separate the two becomes re-enacted in the real world.
At best all it does is desensitize the individual to violence making them less likely to respond to it in the real world.
That being said, ALL Christians should be mindful of what we put into our minds (thoughts) as we tend to meditate on what we see. When we meditate on these things, it becomes internalized and part of our heart. This is why scripture tells us to guard our hearts (and eyes).