Call Now, Don’t Wait

Tonight a video of a Billy Graham crusade from 1962 in Chicago came on while my oldest, M., was getting ready for bed. As Billy is pounding the podium and raising his Bible to produce an ounce of repentance among the people, this appears in the lower left of the screen: “To begin a relationship with Jesus Christ 1-877-772-4559.” M. looked up at me and said, “Dad . . . .you don’t have to do that in order to begin a relationship with Jesus, do you?”

What must I do to have eternal life? — an age old question to be sure. Whatever the full answer, I assured her that it didn’t have to involve a toll-free number before I tucked her in for the night.

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