Franklin Graham recently returned from England having completed his God Loves You Tour in the United Kingdom. While there the show host Piers Morgan invited Graham to appear on his program “Uncensored.”
According to Graham, Piers Morgan asseverated, “Times are changing. People are changing. We’ve moved on so much from large swaths of the Bible.” Graham replied, “God doesn’t change. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Piers Morgan holds to a secular view of culture and society, and he is right to observe times and people have changed. But Franklin Graham is right when he says God has not changed. God’s immutablity is one of His divine attributes, that is, God’s holy nature is predicated on eternal truth and from that God will not stray.
This why Samuel told Saul, “The Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for he is not a man that He should change His mind,” 1 Samuel 15:29. Piers Morgan is right, men, people change; Franklin Graham is right God does not change.
I just turned seventy and the changes I have witnessed in my short life span are staggering. Technology has exploded. I remember as a child the telephone we had in our home. It was a landline and we shared a party line with other households. Today I have an iphone and can talk to anyone virtually anywhere in the world, at any time. And it is not just a phone, it is a minature computer that has more functions and capabilities than I can master.
Who in their wildest dreams ever imagined the advent of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and the significant impact they would have on international economics. There was a time when many Americans lived relatively unconcerned with what was happening in the political world and now seemed to be focused on it. The moral direction of our society here in America has declined sharply like a jet taking a nosedive.
Times and people have changed, but people in one aspect have not changed. Adam and Eve witnessed the depravity of the sin nature when their first son killed their second son, and we have been killing each other ever since.
God has not changed, he has given us in His word all the guidance we need for the human race to flourish and live in peace, but we scorn His word and ignore Him. If humanity would follow just the fifth through the tenth commandments of the ten He gave us, there would be no need for armies or criminal justice systems, but we are incapable of doing that.
Franklin’s father, Billy Graham once said, “The central issues of our time aren’t economic, political or social, important as these are. The central issues of our time are moral and spiritual in nature.” That has not changed.
Time and people have changed, for the worst and not the better. Maybe we should consider taking the advice of the One who does not change.