Evangelical leader Franklin Graham said it “speaks volumes” that President Biden left “God” out of his official National Day of Prayer proclamation.
On Wednesday, Mr. Biden, a Catholic, referred only to “many religions and belief systems” and the “role that the healing balm of prayer can play in our lives,” but made no mention of God or Jesus Christ.
“I invite the citizens of our Nation to give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I join all people of faith in prayers for spiritual guidance, mercy, and protection,” the president said in his proclamation.
Fox News noted that while God wasn’t mentioned in the proclamation, Mr. Biden later said the COVID-19 vaccine was developed “by the grace of God” during his remarks the same day.
Mr. Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote in a Facebook post Thursday that he was “deeply saddened to read that President Biden is the first president to omit the word ‘God’ in his proclamation. That speaks volumes doesn’t it?”
“It is hard to believe we have come this far,” he wrote. “Omitting God is a dangerous thing. He is who we as individuals and as a nation need to call on for help. He created us and made salvation possible for us through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.”
Appearing on Fox News Thursday night, Mr. Graham told host Pete Hegseth that he thinks the decision to omit “God” was likely a staffer’s doing.
“I’m not sure that [Mr. Biden] even knows,” he said. “It was probably a staff person that wrote it and maybe not even ran it by him — because I don’t think Joe Biden would have approved that one,” he said.
“This is a National Day of Prayer,” he continued. “Of course we need to call on God — and not just some generic ‘gods’ or some ‘power’ in the air — but on God himself, the Creator who made and created this Earth and who sent his Son, Jesus Christ from Heaven to this Earth to save mankind from sin by dying on a cross.”