After serving as a supervisor for the Television/Telephone Ministry for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina, last weekend, I can safely say that I have seen God work in ways I wouldn’t have expected. Last Sunday evening alone, of the calls we received from viewers watching The Cross, the final telecast from the BGEA that will feature Billy Graham, we found that 60% of the calls ended up being salvation calls. Over the almost ten years I have helped with the TVTM in Asheville, I can safely say this is unprecedented. The average I have usually seen in conversion calls to the center during a telecast is about 33%.
This tells me that despite our secular media’s efforts to declare evangelical Christianity to be irrelevant, and something that needs to die off and disappear permanently, the hunger for God, and for a life filled with meaning that can only come from walking with Jesus is as strong in our nation as ever. This shouldn’t be all that surprising, considering where we are as a nation. We have learned we cannot trust our government to keep its promises or back up its claims. We have seen certain special interest groups get everything they want through the courts, if not through legislation, despite opposition from many citizens, even a majority who vote for referendums against the very things that are being rammed through into law. An overall sense of uncertainty, even despair, seems to be gripping the U.S., as we fret over healthcare, the national debt, and other mounting problems.
Billy Graham rightfully recognized America’s desperate need to return to the only One who can put it back on the right course: Jesus Christ. If you are questioning everything in your life these days, are fearful about the future, or just wonder if there is even a good reason to go on living, let me encourage you to go to billygraham.org and read for yourself who Jesus is, and how He can give your life a whole new meaning and purpose.