Chairman’s Corner by Scott McGraw

I was disturbed by comments made by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow following the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in mid-February. Stabenow, who has been at the opposite end of the political spectrum as most of the readers of this column, is an ineffective senator and a poor mouthpiece for the Democrats. Her latest attack against religious beliefs and comforting victims is simply intolerable.

In encouraging her colleagues in Congress to tighten gun laws, Stabenow said ”We need to act. Saying thoughts and prayers are pretty hollow at this point.” What kind of cold-hearted person would say this at the expense of the survivors and their families of this horrific tragedy?

I think this is exactly the time for prayer and reflection – and God! I cannot think of anything better for a country to do than to pray. Our forefathers were strong believers in freedom and faith. It is certainly within Debbie Stabenow’s right to attack religion and prayer in the face of this crisis, but I feel we need to turn to God in this crisis and for this issue of gun  rights.

It is a pretty strong belief for the founders of our country to put the right to bear arms in our Constitution. It is a strong belief that we honor life in this country and the laws making it a crime to take the lives of others needs to continue to be a the forefront of this argument.

Am I saying that we can’t touch our gun laws? No. I think our elected officials will deliberate on this and come up with solutions to protect innocent civilians. Do we need to throw away our gun rights? Absolutely not. We need to do the best to protect our citizens and our rights as citizens.

Do we need to throw away our religious practices because one side is not getting its way? This is the time we need God more than ever in this country. I feel the past several years have seemed more like the 1960s with political hatred taking the forefront of our collective conscientiousness.

I was moved and saddened this week with the passing of Rev. Billy Graham. In the 1960s and 1970s, I grew up watching his periodic revivals on television. These gatherings were massive, filling football stadiums all over the country. It was a strange message to a small boy growing up in the Methodist Church. As I grew up, I found myself thinking of the issue of salvation that Billy Graham brought up at everyone of his revivals.

Over the years as I got involved in politics, I would see Billy Graham on the evening news after counseling another president. Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Barrack O’Bama. It didn’t matter what party they were a member of, Billy Graham just cared about one party. The party of the saints after a person decides to take their salvation in Jesus Christ. Billy Graham loved God and his son Jesus – and this country.

We could use more of that today. I am saddened by the loss of “American’s Pastor” but am happy for the soul of Billy Graham. He made all the difference for so many millions of people over the years in helping them to decide to follow Jesus.

Debbie Stabenow could use a little more tolerance of prayer. I will pray for her tonight when my head hits the pillow. I will also pray that this country finds a better way to protect its citizens. And I will pray for Billy Graham and his family – and that this nation finds more souls like his to speak out against injustice and to bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Some of you may think it is intolerant of me to attack Debbie Stabenow on this issue, but it really isn’t. Sometimes we have to speak up for the right thing. This issue is the right thing. I’m just a guy who’s trying to live a life that will lead to the light at the end of it.