Reverend Billy Graham passed away on February 21, 2018. Ordained as a Southern Baptist minister in 1949, Graham has long been synonymous with the Evangelical Christian movement. Graham served as “spiritual adviser” to every president since the Truman administration, and his influence has been passed down to his son, Franklin Graham, and other family members.
One such family member is one of Graham’s granddaughters, Jane Austen Graham-Lynch. Back in October 2016, Graham-Lynch blogged her support of then-candidate Donald Trump. In the entry, she called the 2016 Presidential Election “the most important election we ever vote in.” Her reasoning for supporting Trump was the Supreme Court appointment which was hanging in the balance.
Jerushah Armfield is another of Graham’s granddaughter’s. She has spent her entire life in evangelical circles, and is married to a minister. But she is now making news with her scathing take on President Trump and the extent to which the current crop of “Evangelical Christians” are bastardizing what they believe for political expediency; they have basically become just another lobbying group. During an interview with CNN’s Pamela Brown, Armfield attacked self-described Christians who put the advancement of a political agenda above the moral integrity of the politicians helping them.
On the evolution of the Christian Evangelicism, Jerushah Armfield said:
“[It] started to really represent, actually, a branch of Christians that seemed to be a little more conservative and a little bit more hypocritical, a little bit more willing to compromise on the personal morals of a candidate in lieu of what politically they could gain for their party,”
Armfield’s words are harsh, but also honest. It cannot be denied that the blatant willingness of Christian Evangelicals to go on the record as not giving a solitary damn about the content of a certain candidate, as long as they believe that candidate will please them on a single issue, is a relatively new development. During the interview, Brown asked Armfield about her uncle Franklin’s continued support for President Trump. Armfield replied:
“I think my uncle is an incredible — he has an incredible humanitarian ministry that’s been on the front lines often before a lot of ministries have been there,” she continued. “I think he probably needs to stick to doing that. I think he believes he’s speaking to a larger audience than he is. I think the audience he was once speaking to is starting to migrate to a little more progressive open mindedness.”
We can only hope that more evangelicals follow in Armfield’s footsteps, and finally live the truth they claim to embrace.