As Western Journalism recently reported, controversy erupted after reality TV star, businessman and self-professed born again Christian Phil Robertson prayed during the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway.
According to The Gospel Herald, critics of the prayer called Robertson an “unapologetic bigot” and took issue with Robertson for asking God to put a “Jesus Man” in the White House. But while critics line up to throw stones at Robertson, evangelist Franklin Graham has chosen to stand with him. Graham, in a lengthy Facebook post, shared what he believes is at the heart of the matter.
“The Name of Jesus has been controversial for 2,000 years,” Graham wrote. “He was falsely accused; He was unjustly tried; He was turned over to a mob to be executed. And the mention of His Name 2,000 years later shakes the world to its very core.”
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“Phil Robertson ‘The Duck Commander’ prayed in Jesus’ Name at last week’s NASCAR race, and liberals immediately jumped to say the sport needed to ban the opening prayer altogether! Are you kidding me?” the son of Billy Graham exclaimed. “Phil is right when he prayed for America to get back to God. He said, ‘I pray father that we don’t forget you brought us — you. Our faith in the blood of Jesus and his resurrection. Help us, father, to get back to that,’” Graham quoted Robertson as praying.
Joining with Robertson, Graham called on all Americans to pray as he concluded, “Pray with me that this nation will turn back to Almighty God! A reminder to every reader — One day ‘at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’ (Philippians 2:10-11)”