On May 11, 1966, 3000 people packed into New York’s Philharmonic Hall for the 150th Annual Meeting of the American Bible Society. Billy Graham was the speaker. His speech was titled “Return to the Bible.”
Here is a taste:
America is facing a moral crisis that will ultimately determine the future of this nation. The security of America is not being threatened abroad so much as it is being threatened by immorality at home. We are in the midst of a major moral revolution that is just as important for the survival of America as the revolution led by George Washington and his co-patriots nearly 200 years ago.
Most Americans hate to admit we are in a crisis, but its bitter fruits are all around us; the beatnik–the rebellious youth–the price-rigging executive–the draft card burner–the widespread cheating in schools–the professional bearded protesters–the pregnant high school girl–the dope addict–the vandal–the bribed athlete–and the criminal–and last the spreading terrorism of LSD
The suspects tend to be different in every generation, but the jeremiads generally remain the same. From the 17th century to the present, American Christians have always seen themselves as living in a state of moral decline and they have always responded with these kinds of jeremiads.
And here’s a bonus video: Merv Griffin interviews Graham.