Evangelist Franklin Graham urged Christians in Kentucky to get more involved in political elections Wednesday during a prayer rally on the steps of the Kentucky Capitol.
His “Decision America Tour,” an effort to hold events at every state capital this year, said it attracted about 5,800 people to the front terrace of the Capitol for about 40 minutes of singing, praying and listening to Graham, the son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham.
“We’re all here today because we know that our country is in trouble,” Franklin Graham told the crowd. “We are in trouble spiritually, racially, economically, politically and there’s no political party that is going to turn this thing around.”
He said he has “zero hope” in the Democratic and Republican parties. “The only hope for the United States of America is almighty God.”
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He urged attendees to pray and confess to God the sins of the nation, specifically mentioning abortion, same-sex marriage, pride, worship of profits, racism, lack of concern for the poor and entertainment that displays sex and violence.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin was among those who attended the event. “It is an honor to have him here and it means a lot to the people of Kentucky,” Bevin said in a statement. “It’s significant what he is doing, what he is encouraging people to focus on and I hope it inspires people to take action.”