VP Pence: ‘America Will Stand by Followers of Christ’
In his speech at the World Summit for Persecuted Christians sponsored by Franklin Graham, the vice president assured those facing persecution and discrimination the U.S. won’t forget them.
Franklin Graham says that even believers here in the U.S. are also starting to face discrimination, such as attacks by homosexuals or their allies on Christian businesses that won’t service or supply gay weddings. “We’ve seen businesses put out of business, attacked, targeted,” Graham said. “And then the gay activists come in and liberal judges in those states support these decisions. And we see businesses now afraid and Christians who are afraid that they’ll be attacked.”
A Voice for the Suffering Church: Trump, Pence, Graham Team up for Christians
The Trump administration’s commitment to defend persecuted Christians is a “breath of fresh air from God,” Rev. Franklin Graham told CBN News at his World Summit for the Defense of Persecuted Christians.
“No question it’s a breath of fresh air, I think it’s a breath of fresh air from God, because they are listening to God’s people and we didn’t see that under President Obama,” Graham told CBN’s George Thomas in a one-on-one interview.
Unlike the former president, Graham said, President Trump is not afraid to acknowledge Islamic terrorism.
“You have now a president who isn’t afraid to use that word and calls it as it is, truly is. And he’s willing to stand up for Christians and we’ve already seen that if he says something he means it,” he said.
“I thank God that we have an administration that is finally listening to the voice of the suffering Church around the world.”
Graham’s experience leading a Christian humanitarian agency has given him decades of experience in the Middle East where he has witnessed the growing violence against Christianity in countries like Lebanon, Sudan, Syria and Iraq.
Preaching an Easter Sunday service to Iraqi Christian refugees from Mosul reinforced his commitment to taking action on behalf of suffering Christians.
“They had to flee for their lives and they were given 30 minutes to leave the city or they’d be killed. So all they left with was the money in their pocket and the clothes on their back and many of them did not escape,” he said.
The three-day event in the U.S. capital goes through May 13; it brought together 600 believers from 130 nations. Graham notes how “Donald Trump, is very supportive of defending Christians and he said this during his campaign, that he was going to defend Christianity and he’s not ashamed of saying that and Vice-President Pence is not ashamed of that, but they’re going to do what they can to not only to protect Christians here at home, but Christians around the world.”
Members of Congress stand together as front line defenders of faith in our nation’s capital.
Congressional Prayer Caucus Co-Chair, Senator James Lankford, Senator Rubio and Senator Coons introduced a timely bipartisan Resolution to ensure America’s commitment to promote religious freedom and condemn persecution based on faith. Read excerpts from the Resolution below.
This important Resolution comes just two weeks after the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) issued its Annual Report describing the alarming rise in religious persecution worldwide. Read the full report.
Source: CBNNews.com; Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation
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