By Brandon Showalter , CP Reporter
October 20, 2016|12:21 pm

Franklin Graham (Photo: Courtesy Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

The Reverend Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, giving remarks at the Decision America event held in Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

Franklin Graham is urging Americans to pray now that the presidential debates are over, arguing that the United States is in a far more dangerous position today than eight years ago.

Writing on his Facebook page Wednesday, the evangelist and head of Samaritan's Purse noted that the election is now only 19 days away.

"My suggestion to Christians? Pray earnestly." Graham said.

"I pray God will open Americans' eyes to the threats that are looming before us. Our unsecured border to the south. China's military buildup in the South China sea. The redrawing of Europe's borders and Europe now flooded with millions of refugees."

"ISIS now fully operational in at least 18 countries and growing. Russia's engagement in Syria where they now have a massive military presence. We need China and Russia as allies not adversaries. America is in a far more dangerous and vulnerable position than we were 8 years ago," the evangelist continued Wednesday.

But it is not the tense geopolitical climate that most concerns Graham.

"The most dangerous and vulnerable place to be is away from God who has blessed this nation more than any other on earth," he said. "The many problems we face cannot be solved by man alone, but we must have Divine help to find peaceful and long-lasting solutions."

For months, Graham has been traveling around the country leading prayer rallies on the grounds of the state capitols in each of the 50 states as part of his Decision America tour, which wrapped up the first week of October.

While Graham has not formally endorsed either any candidate, he has previously called this election the "most critical in our lifetime." Last week he rejected the notion that fellow evangelicals were condoning the sexually lewd words of Donald Trump on tapes that surfaced Oct. 7.

As CP reported on Oct 10, Graham, again on Facebook, said Trump's remarks could not be defended but that neither could the "godless progressive agenda of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton" be defended.

The election, Graham has insisted on several occasions, is neither about Trump's recently disclosed lascivious behavior or even Hillary Clinton's recent missing emails, but about the who will sit on the highest court in the land.

"This election is about the Supreme Court and the justices that the next president will nominate. Evangelicals are going to have to decide which candidate they trust to nominate men and women to the court who will defend the Constitution and support religious freedoms," Graham noted Friday.

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