Essay about White House Spiritual Consultant

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For more than half a century, Billy Graham has been a fiery, outspoken, charismatic, evangelical preacher who has shared the gospel, reaching out to more than 210 million people in various countries. Billy Graham, during his more than sixty year ministry, has had exclusive access to the White House and has had a unique relationship with eleven US Presidents. From Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush, Graham has made a substantial impact on many of these American Leader’s lives and has been an openly accessible spiritual consultant for them. Although most of these presidents accepted Billy’s spiritual wisdom, other presidents like Richard M. Nixon, disregarded Billy Graham’s faith and shut him out during most of his presidential career. Billy …show more content…
Due to his own religious background and Graham’s evangelical influence, Eisenhower wanted to bring a great Christian message during his presidential campaign. His message was so like that of the old revivalist William Jennings Bryan that New York Times reporter named James Reston stated: “He appealed not to the mind but to the heart” (qtd in Duffy and Gibbs 37). Graham’s Christian influence motivated Eisenhower so much that he kept a Bible, which Graham personally penned in study notes, at his bedside throughout his presidential campaign. Eisenhower even vowed to join a church by Graham’s recommendation after the presidential elections, whether he was elected or not. When Eisenhower won the presidential elections, he made his faith a weapon to motivate people in America to revive their faith in God and stand up against communism. Eisenhower hoped in God to be on his nation’s side for the sake of the cold war. Because of Eisenhower’s new spiritual influence, he started many reforms, such as the first National Prayer Breakfast, had the phrase “One Nation, Under God” inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance, and the phrase “In God We Trust” stamped on all US currency. Eisenhower and Graham remained good friends throughout his presidency and they both benefited from each other as men of great faith. They definitely exemplified the proverb, “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”.
Ronald W. Reagan was one of Bill Graham’s closest presidential friends…

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