Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Rev. Franklin Graham praised President Donald Trump for the use of the word “Christmas” during this year’s holiday season.
He elaborated on the meaning of Christmas with its emphasis on Jesus and tied that to Trump insistence on highlighting Christmas.“Christmas is really about the birth of Jesus Christ, and that’s what we’re celebrating,” Graham said. “On Christmas we give gifts, but Christmas is about God giving giving his son Jesus Christ.”
“I’m so excited that the president isn’t afraid to mention the name of Jesus Christ and that he boldly stands for not only Christ but all religious freedom,” he said.
Rev. Franklin Graham reacted to President Trump’s emphasis on the importance of mentioning Christmas during the holiday season.
“The only thing missing are the words ‘Merry Christmas’,” Trump said in a speech on December 8. “They’re using those words again.”
Graham said it is important that Trump and others spread the word that “Christmas is really about the birth of Jesus Christ, and that’s what we’re all celebrating.”
“Christmas is all about Christ,” Graham said. “I’m so excited that the president isn’t afraid to mention the name of Jesus Christ.”Graham said Trump continues to take a “bold” stand for religious freedom for all beliefs, and not just Christianity.
“This was a nation that was born for religious freedom,” he said.
Graham added that religion in the public square is under attack from secularist forces, like those who have sued over private businesses making decisions based on their personal beliefs.
He also gave an update on his father, Rev. Billy Graham, who turned 99 in November.
Franklin said that Billy Graham’s mind continues to be “sharp” and that he values everything the elder Graham has accomplished in his life.
With all the surrounding controversy about whether or not to say ‘Merry Christmas,’ evangelist Franklin Graham is setting the record straight.
“Christmas is really about the birth of Jesus Christ and that’s what we’re celebrating. On Christmas we give gifts, but Christmas is about God giving giving his son Jesus Christ,” Graham told Fox & Friends.He also praised President Trump for “making Christmas great again” by publicly saying Jesus is the reason for the season.
“I’m so excited that the president isn’t afraid to mention the name of Jesus Christ and that he boldly stands for not only Christ, but all religious freedom,” he said.
Graham believes Trump’s pro faith stance comes at a time when he says Christianity is under attack.
“Christians, and we’re the majority, are under attack from the secularists,” he said. “There’s plenty of court cases right now before the Supreme Court where people have been put out of business because they refuse to bake a cake for somebody because of their religious beliefs.”
“We do have a president who does care and I think he’s going to do all he can to stand with us,” he added.
Graham also weighed in on his father Bill Graham, and how he’s planning to spend Christmas this year.
“He’s home. He’s resting well. He’s just old. He doesn’t see well, doesn’t hear very well but his mind is still clear and I’m going down with my wife on Christmas day and we’re going to have lunch with him,” he said. “My father, all his life, he never veered from the calling God had on his life which was to preach the gospel to tell men and women about a God that loves them and is willing to forgive their sin if they’re willing to repent, turn from their sin and by faith believe on the name of Jesus Christ.”During a recent interview on Fox News where Franklin Graham talked about his support for President Donald Trump’s “Merry Christmas” initiative, the Samaritan’s Purse president also gave an update on the health of his legendary father, the well-renowned evangelist Billy Graham.
The elder Graham turned 99 this year in November and as he approaches his 100th year, Franklin, the current president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said his father’s mind is still sharp.
“He’s at home, he’s resting well he’s just old. He doesn’t see well, he doesn’t hear very well but his mind is still good, his mind is still clear,” Franklin revealed to Fox & Friends.
The minister said he and his wife are looking forward to joining Graham on Christmas day for a lunch date.
When asked what he wanted everyone to know about the life and legacy of his father, Franklin Graham shared the Gospel as a testament to his dad’s life.
“My father, all of his life, never veered from the calling God gave him that was to preach the Gospel. To tell man and woman about a God that loves them and that is willing to forgive their sin if they’re willing to repent, turn from their sin and by faith to believe on the name of Jesus Christ that God would save them and heal their heart and that they would have that hope for eternity of being with Him in Heaven,” he testified. “I’m very grateful to his faithfulness, to his message.”
While on the news program, the younger Graham also talked about Christmas being about God giving Jesus as a gift to the world. He backed President Trump’s wish to bring back the phrase “Merry Christmas” in America. During his election campaign, Trump vowed to counter those who had declared war on Christmas by making the Christian season more secular and saying “Happy Holidays.”
“I’m so excited that the president isn’t afraid about mentioning the name of Jesus Christ,” Franklin Graham maintained.
Adding, “It’s so refreshing to have a president who’s just not afraid and doesn’t care what all the liberals think. He just says what he thinks is right and everybody just better get out of his way. I kinda like it.”
He also shared about religious freedom and his successful Samaritan’s Purse outreach Operation Christmas Child, which distributed 12 million boxes filled with toys and necessities to 100 countries around the world.