While the media was busy slicing and dicing President Donald Trump’s words in a newly released audio recording of him talking with then-lawyer Michael Cohen, the Rev. Franklin Graham saw an opportunity to share the gospel message.
In the tape, recorded by Cohen in September 2016, then-candidate Trump can be heard apparently discussing the details of an effort to buy — and suppress — the story of Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claims to have had an extramarital tryst with Trump years ago.
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Trump’s political opponents and Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, claim the recording reveals Trump saying they should pay the lump sum in cash, to which Cohen immediately responds, “No, no, no.” The president’s advocates, on the other hand, claim Trump told Cohen, “Don’t pay in cash.”
Regardless, Graham used the intriguing news story to highlight the importance of our words.
“It is a good moment to point out that everyone should realize that every word that is spoken is recorded by God,” the evangelist wrote in a Facebook post. “Not only does He know our words, but our thoughts and the intents of our hearts.”
Graham went on to reference Luke 12:3, which reads, “What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.”
The Christian minister, the eldest son of the late Rev. Billy Graham, went on to say people won’t ultimately be judged by “media spin masters or forensic audio analysts,” but by “God himself.”
“Have you ever thought about what His verdict will be on your words?” he asked.