No More of This
by Billy Beasley
Recently, I watched Billy Graham, An Extraordinary Journey, on Netflix. If you have not viewed it, I highly recommend it.
My favorite part of the documentary took place in the fifties. Billy Graham saw ropes that served as a barrier to keep black and white people separated. He simply said, "No more of this,” and he asked the head usher to remove the ropes. The man refused. Billy walked down and removed the ropes himself.
“There is no excuse for hatred. There is no excuse for bigotry and intolerance and prejudice. We are to love as God loves us.”
- Billy Graham
Finding an Answer
Billy's answer to a possible race war during that time.
“Is there an answer? Yes there is an answer. The answer is in the cross of Jesus Christ and there is the possibility of spiritual brotherhood in Christ alone.”
- Billy Graham
Bernice King, Martin Luther King’s daughter, speaking of Billy Graham, offered the following, in An Extraordinary Journey.
“His approach was more of trying to get people into a relationship with Christ. That would transform the mindset and the way in which they lived. They would see people differently and treat people differently.”
- Bernice King
Jesus is the Answer
As much as I have admired Billy Graham, my respect has grown exponentially in discovering that he took a stand for what was right, despite the threats directed toward him and his family. Franklin Graham said, “My father never backed down.”
That dramatic encounter I experienced with Jesus Christ in 1976 was about love. And as Billy Graham said, “We are to love as God loves us.” I knew from that moment of my Damascus Road that God looked on the heart. No one had to teach me that. How could it be any other way? How could I hold any prejudice in my heart, while professing the love of Jesus Christ?
There is one part in the documentary that I have watched several times and each time I got chills. Billy Graham is preaching and he states so powerfully.
“Who is this unique person that comes across the pages of history? Jesus said, follow me. Come and change the world with me.”
That is still applicable today. We can still change the world. We can remove the ropes that are still standing. We can show others the difference between religion and relationship with the Son of God.
About the Author
Billy Beasley resides in Carolina Beach, NC with his wife Julie and their Australian Cattle Dog, Teke. They are active members of Lifepoint Church in Wilmington, NC.
Billy is the author of The River Hideaway- a traditionally published work of faith based fiction and the newly published novel, The Preacher's Letter. He shares two simple beliefs with his favorite character in this novel. Faith in God and a conviction that ‘Hearts have no color’.