Evangelist Franklin Graham, who recently warned that a “storm of persecution” will follow if the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage across all 50 states, is setting his sights on pro-gay businesses, encouraging Christians to "speak out" by exercising their "power of choice."
Rev. Franklin Graham (AP)
And supporters and critics, alike, are issuing some varying responses to Graham's latest call for Christians to take action, with some detractors accusing him of "bigotry" and calling him a "false prophet."
"Have you ever asked yourself – how can we fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community? Every day it is something else!" Franklin wrote in a Friday Facebook post. "Tiffany’s started advertising wedding rings for gay couples. Wells Fargo bank is using a same-sex couple in their advertising. And there are more."
With some companies openly supporting homosexuality, Graham said that he's been considering ways in which he and other Christians can make their voices heard and push back against the actions and messages coming from these businesses.
To begin, he said that his organization — the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association — is moving its funds to another bank, and Graham is hoping to encourage other Christians to take similar actions.
"Guess what — we don’t have to shop at Tiffany & Co., there are plenty of other jewelry stores. This is one way we as Christians can speak out—we have the power of choice," he wrote. "Let’s just stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against Almighty God’s laws and His standards. Maybe if enough of us do this, it will get their attention."
Graham then encouraged Christians to share the post if they agreed, with more than 92,000 people "liking" the post and nearly 41,000 sharing it as of Monday morning.
The message attracted a plethora of comments as well, with some Christians standing by Graham's message, though critics took aim at what they perceived as bigotry on the part of the faith leader.
"How many bigots are there in the world?" wrote one Facebook user named Sharon Tackett. "So sad that these people have nothing else to do but hate and criticize."
Another individual named Venetia Phillips wrote, "We're Here. We're Queer. Get Used To It. (Nobody is trying to alter the already decayed morals of the people you preach to. Strengthen 'your' community in a way other than having them bond over hatred. That's what Hitler did. Surely, you are more enlightened)."
Other messages were a bit harsher, with Facebook user Russell Carver writing that "conservatives are a cancer" before taking aim at Graham, calling him a "false prophet."
In contrast, supporters responded with "amens," while thanking the faith leader for "standing up for what is right."
See the Wells Fargo ad that features a same-sex couple below:
As TheBlaze previously reported, Graham warned of the implications that he said would come if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in a closely watched ruling that is expected to come later this month.