I always thought Billy Graham was a sellout. He was a media-made man. He snuggled up to political power for his own self-aggrandizement, his own wealth and fame. This is just what got Jesus so angry with the Pharisees, that they mixed a political message with their spiritual one.
When I was younger I was always angry that Graham seemed to endorse whatever president happened to be in the White House at the time, to come to prayer breakfasts, to tell us that God supported this man as our president. He did this with Johnson, then with Nixon, then with Carter, as if people could believe that God would choose such different men. He helped the presidents and they helped him!
I remember him supporting the war in Vietnam. I remember him being interviewed on TV, and the interviewer brought up that thousands of American boys had died in Vietnam this year. With a big grin pasted on his face Graham said that more people died on the highways, so it wasn't a big deal. That really got me mad.
But more recently I have more respect for Graham. He is respectable compared to the people who came later. 8^P The Farwells, Robertsons, etc. How can -true- Christians support such incredible hypocrisy and corruption?