I am not blessed with a lot of free time these days, especially because of the hectic details of moving while trying to finish out my last week of driving a school bus. As a matter of fact, below is a picture of where I am writing this very piece – on a school bus while waiting for elementary-aged crumb crunchers to finish swimming.
It’s 90+ degrees on this bus, I only have about 30 minutes to write, and I’m sweating like a glass full of ice on a hot day – except I’m not icy. Please allow me the opportunity to rant.
There used to be a time in American life when a man who actually tried to stay true to his moral convictions was considered the kind of man we respected. That kind of man, by all respects a hero of virtue, would be lauded, placed on a pedestal, and pointed to as a standard for young boys to emulate.
Joseph (the one in the Bible with the multi-colored coat) and Dr. Billy Graham are two such men who come to mind.
But nowadays, when a Republican running for governor of Mississippi wants to keep things above board and honorable, the first thing you hear from the media is that this guy is a sexist. In other words, when he tries to honor his wife and his marriage by avoiding the possibility of impropriety, the substance of which could not only harm his marriage and his livelihood, but also the reputation of one whom could be falsely accused, he’s labeled as a woman-hater and abuser of his wife’s integrity.
In other words, because the guy wanted to do things the honorable and godly way, he’s a scum bucket worthy of relegating to the trash heap of failed and forgotten politicians. If you think I’m exaggerating, take a moment to read the vitriolic and condescending article by Monica Hesse in The Washington Times (July 11) entitled:
“The ‘Billy Graham rule’ doesn’t honor your wife. It demeans her – and all women.”
Like I said earlier, I’m pressed for time and dripping sweat on my keyboard, but let me say that I think Monica Hesse and Larrison Campbell are out of their ever-loving minds.
What’s even more interesting is that, if true, The Washington Times was originally going to send a male reporter to shadow Robert Foster. According to one report I read, it was only at the last minute that the paper wanted to send Larrison Campbell to be alone with the gubernatorial candidate, forcing him to say no, not unless they could send a male along with her. If this is true, and if they already knew of Foster’s beliefs (which I’m sure they did), this could have been nothing more than a set up to smear him.
Oh, the irony. Oh, the deceit.
And they wonder why we distrust the media?
For the record, I think the “Billy Graham rule” is as wise as ever, and it is one which I abide by as much as possible. There are times when I am alone with a female doctor, for example, but not when I’m unclothed. Even when I am alone, it’s not the same thing as going out to dinner, sitting behind closed doors in my office, or counseling a woman alone in her home. For one thing, the doctor has more to lose than most if she were to act inappropriately and unprofessionally.
There’s so much more I could say about the individual points of Hesse’s article, but it’s not worth any more of my time, and I don’t have much to spare.
Regardless, Robert Foster’s convictions and rules are admirable, not demeaning. Any woman should be thrilled that her husband was taking proactive measures to protect the integrity of their marriage.
But marriage integrity and men of honor aren’t high on the shopping list for people who have no scruples of their own, I suppose.
5 responses to “Responding To An Article Attacking the Billy Graham Rule”
Hi Anthony. I agree with Mr, Foster, and Billy Graham. Billy Graham never had even the hint of a scandal of any kind over his many years of ministry. His wife and he had a good relationship all through their married years.
My hope is for every Christ follower, every moral person in his state will vote for Mr. Foster. Every country, every state, or province in the case of my home in Canada, needs wise, intelligent, moral men and women to lead in government, and if they are Christ followers, all the better.
God Bless you and your Wife, Pastor, as you move on, trusting the entire move goes smoothly.
I read that comedy tome of an article. What it seems to forget is that there is a way the world works. You spend time alone with a woman, you’re going to get people whispering – especially in an environment like Christianity, where both the world and certain discernment ministries are eager to take you down any way they can. The Graham Rule doesn’t demean women by hurting their career prospects, it protects them by guarding their bodily sanctity and reputation.
God don’t sleep. Satan is bound for the lake of fire and those who refuse redeemption .
Reblogged this on a simple man of God and commented:
I had read the article mentioned, as well. It is utter ridiculousness. Especially when a public figure says “I want to be above reproach” in a day when a smile can be construed to be sexual assault, that is not demeaning to the wife’s character. It is saying “I want to protect our relationship from my improbable but possible stupidity AS WELL AS stupid, baseless accusations and taint so that my wife does not have to deal with the heartache and headache of people attempting to smear her husband’s name and career.”
And Anthony did a decent job of summarizing a good chunk of the inanity of that article and reasoning.
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