I came across an insightful article at Politics Daily regarding Billy Graham’s advice on several topics from politics to aging parents.  While reading it, I felt helped and confident in the wisdom of Graham’s 92 years of experience along with some sadness at his honesty in sharing his regrets.  I recommend it to you.  Just click here.

Billy Graham and Richard Nixon

Graham has led an amazing life and has left a legacy that all followers of Jesus should consider.  When he looks back and gives advice, we should listen, evaluate and make better decisions as we learn how to best serve the Lord where he has placed us.

Since I have been called to go to the political community, I took great interest in Graham’s words since he has been called the “pastor to the presidents”.  Graham has had spiritual impact on America’s presidents for decades and God has used him to point leaders to Christ.  But stepping over the line from ministry to politics is something he wished he hadn’t done and it negatively affected his ministry.  I find it instructive that he counts it as one of his greatest regrets.  It’s cautionary counsel for all of us.

“I’m grateful for the opportunities God gave me to minister to people in high places; people in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to, but looking back I know I sometimes crossed the line, and I wouldn’t do that now.”

Bill Clinton with Billy Graham

This is just one of a multiple of reminders that God’s representation in the world today is His church and that He has left His plan for societal impact in our hands – making disciples.  Sharing the powerful change brought about by the gospel of Jesus is our primary calling, even to governmental leaders.  We can either learn from Graham’s mistake or repeat it.