Thousands crowd Coolidge Park for Franklin Graham Tour
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Thousands of people crowded Coolidge Park to hear Franklin Graham speak for his Decision America Tennessee Tour.
Franklin Graham is going across the state this week. He wants Tennesseans to join him in prayer as he asks for a spiritual transformation in America.
He says there is a problem in this country and in the world.
“It is not just America, but it is sin and I want people to know how they can have a relationship with God. So the blue states are the most secular areas of the United States. So I want to pierce the blue wall. We are not doing it for Republicans or Democrats. We want to pierce the blue wall for God,” Graham said.
Graham wants people who attended to leave knowing they can have a relationship with God.
“God hasn’t forgotten each and every one of us. He’s got a plan for our lives and I want people to realize how they can get into God’s plan and to his flow. But there is only one way to God and that is through his son Jesus Christ.”
Graham also addressed immigration, saying he is not against it. He believes there should be strict rules.
“We need to know who is coming into our country to date. Not just from those countries on the ban list. But every country in the world. We need to know who is coming,” Graham said.
Some people who disagree with some of Franklin Graham viewpoints stood at the edge of his event at the Peace Grove. They say Graham has a history of speaking out against certain marginalized groups.
“What we are opposing is instead of deciding for exclusion and hate, we would like people to decide love. We would like for people to decide for progress,” said, Alaina Cobb, with Progressive Christian Alliance.
Graham says his main focus is telling people about God, just like his father did.
“I am just proud of him and the life he was able to live and all of the things that he did without compromise.”
Graham’s next stop in Tennessee will be on Thursday in Clarksville. After that he will go to Jackson and then Memphis.