Evangelist Franklin Graham said that prayer — and God’s answer to it — helped Donald Trump and Mike Pence pull off “the biggest political upset of our lifetime.”
Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, said he has traveled across the United States this year, holding prayer meetings at each state capitol. “I could sense going across the country that God was going to do something this year,” Graham told The Washington Post. “And I believe that at this election, God showed up.”
On Thursday, a day after Trump was elected to become the nation’s 45th president, Graham said God had answered their prayers.
Franklin’s father, Billy Graham, is considered the most influential evangelical preacher of the last 70 years. Over the decades, Billy Graham’s preaching reached a total estimated audience of 2.2 billion people. He is consistently ranked by Gallup as one of the most admired men in the world.
Exit polls show white evangelical voters voted in high numbers for Donald Trump, 81-16 percent. That’s the most they have voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 2004, when they overwhelmingly chose President George W. Bush by a margin of 78-21 percent.
God knows what He’s doing.
~ A. R. Bernard
On Election Day November 8, 2016, FiveThirtyEight‘s Nate Silver on ABC’s Good Morning America said that Hillary Clinton had a 79 percent chance of becoming the President. People called Silver crazy when in March 2008, he had forecast that Senator Obama would beat Senator John McCain. According to The New York Times:
[Late in 2007], Mr. Silver, an Obama supporter, became frustrated with how primary poll results were being reported, and how sloppy polls and rigorous polls were given the same attention.
“What you heard on television was, Hillary was inevitable, she’s up 20 points,” he said. “She’s up 20 points because people had heard of her. They hadn’t heard of Obama.”
Nate Silver became very successful applying a rigorous scientific methodology to polling data.
Don’t try to interpret faith
in terms of science and logic.
Religious imagery is
telling you what is becoming.
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
~ Luke 17: 20-21
“The kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” Look for it! But when you look out into the world remember that you are seeing the past. That is to say, what you see before you has happened. Science, logic and waking consciousness all deal with things that have happened. Science and reason can only predict what will happen if what will happen repeats what has happened. They cannot predict absolute novelty. The creativity of religion, mythology, and dream consciousness is the present. It is becoming. It is our very becoming. And a person with an intuition on that level can intuit the destiny of nations.
Waking consciousness, science, rational life, perfectly good but don’t try to interpret religion and your dreams in terms of reason. And don’t try to interpret faith in terms of science and logic. Religious imagery is telling you what is becoming. Reason is telling you what has become. The mystery of life is on the level of faith and dreams. So have faith, keep praying, and don’t be afraid to dream.