Rev. Franklin Graham Quotes Herschel Walker: ‘Why Are We Penalizing People for What Their Ancestors Did?’

By Craig Bannister | July 9, 2020 | 9:29am EDT
Rev. Franklin Graham
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“When we stand before God, we will be accountable for our own lives, not for our ancestors’,” Rev. Franklin Graham explained Wednesday, before quoting a similar sentiment voiced by former star NFL Running Back Herschel Walker.

In a tweet addressing liberals’ efforts to denounce today’s Americans based on the faults of past generations, Rev. Graham said that each person is responsible for what he or she did in this life, not what their ancestors did:

“When we stand before God, we will be accountable for our own lives, not for our ancestors’. What matters is what we did with Jesus Christ during this life—Did you put your faith and trust in Christ? Did you ask Him to forgive your sins?—That’s what matters.”

In his next post, Rev. Graham quoted a tweet by Walker questioning liberals’ efforts to punish Americans today for the behavior of their ancestors.

Every person, regardless of race, has ancestors who committed some wrongdoing, Rev. Graham said:

.@HerschelWalker  tweeted: “Why are we penalizing people for what their ancestors did?” If we look back far enough, each of us—no matter our race—would find something wrong in our predecessors’ lives. What’s important is how we live our lives today.”


In the tweet Graham quoted, Herschel Walker cited a Bible verse calling for people to forgive others unconditionally without expecting “something in return”:

“I was reading the greatest book ever written, the Bible, and I read “But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your offenses.” - Matthew 6:15 Why are we penalizing people for what their ancestors did? Forgiveness doesn’t mean you get something in return.”


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