Someone recently asked, “Why aren’t there any Billy Grahams today?” It’s a good question that deserves an honest response.
In the late 1940’s through the early 60’s, When Billy Graham’s ministry filled stadiums with thousands of people night after night, our culture was significantly different from what it is today. Back then, far more people were raised in (or in proximity to) a Christian church. As well, the basic tenants of Christian belief were still talked about in homes, schools, club organizations, and even on television. It was as if everyone was given all the puzzle pieces for belief, even if they were not quite assembled in the right order. Those puzzle pieces included things like the reality of sin, the fact that God exists, and the golden rule. When Billy Graham spoke to such people, he simply revealed to them the center piece of the puzzle, namely Jesus Christ. Upon hearing about Jesus, suddenly the whole picture came into view—all the pieces fitting together to form the beautiful story of the gospel. A person would walk into an arena unsaved and walk out of the arena saved. Billy Graham’s simple job was to reveal that missing center piece.
Nowadays, however, people don’t even have the right pieces to the puzzle.