Franklin Graham on Arizona Shooting

by | Jan 10, 2011 | Charisma Archive

This weekend our
nation experienced a horrible attack by a deranged man in Arizona.  My thoughts
and prayers go out to the victims and their families in their time of need and
suffering.

As
the American people grapple for answers to the question of how something as
senseless as this shooting could happen, we need to be measured and cautious
before we place blame.

Hasty accusations have already been made before much information is
known and an investigation has occurred.  I believe this is counterproductive
and could in itself incite hatred.  This is not a time for political
opportunism.

Just
because we disagree with someone from another political party does not mean we
wish them harm.  Furthermore, if something horrific happens to a person, it does
not mean those who hold differing views are responsible for the actions of a
disturbed individual.

(Read Franklin Graham’s entire statement, here.)

What
frightens me is that our country has accepted murder, violence and rape as
entertainment that we see portrayed every day on TV, movies and video games.  I
agree with Sheriff Clarence Dupnik when he alluded to the fact that this country
needs some serious soul searching.  If we as a nation are not careful, we could
see the destruction of the foundation upon which this nation was
built.

Clearly our politicians and pundits on the left and right must also
be careful.  Their leadership and rhetoric must set an example for decency and
civility.

My
prayer is that God will put His loving arms around the families and victims in
their time of loss and great suffering, and that they would sense His presence
and comfort in their lives. 

Franklin Graham is the president and CEO of the Billy Graham
Evangelistic Association and international relief organization Samaritan’s
Purse.
Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse.

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