Yesterday I talked about being great and defined greatness becoming like Jesus. The apostle John described Jesus’ awesomeness by saying he was full of grace and truth. When we become mature Christians then we will just like Jesus, full of grace and truth.
One person I believe who has modeled this maturity is Billy Graham. This past week he released what might be his final book and preached his final message. In that he says “I have wept for America.”
According to Wikipedia “Graham was a spiritual adviser to several Presidents; he was particularly close to Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. During the civil rights movement, he began to support integrated seating for his revivals and crusades; in 1957 he invited Martin Luther King, Jr. to preach jointly at a revival in New York City. Graham bailed King out of jail in the 1960s when he was arrested in demonstrations.”
I recall during the Clinton administration and the Monica Lewinsky scandal Billy Graham coming out and forgiving President Clinton of his indiscretion, to the consternation of all the conservatives. When I studied him in a class on preaching history you noticed he never wavered on the simple truth that we are sinners in need of a Savior.
In many ways he exemplifies a Christian life that is full of grace and truth. What’s interesting is when you look at Mr. Graham’s overall life you see an inconsistency between grace and truth. Sometimes you see him not showing grace. Sometime you see him struggling with the truth. However, throughout his life you see him growing in grace and truth. I believe this is why he has become to be such a respected man, even by people who reject the values and person of Jesus Christ.
That’s the goal I have with my life and preaching, to grow a little each day in grace and truth, and a I think that’s a part of what Paul was trying to teach us in Ephesians 4:13.