Rev. Franklin Graham Complains People Watch 'The Walking Dead' Instead Of Football

| by Michael Allen

The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of preacher Billy Graham, recently complained about the "sinful, godless worldview that rejects Christ" in America, which includes watching AMC's "The Walking Dead" instead of football.

“Christianity is constantly under siege from the halls of government and education, which seek to suppress any public expressions of faith,” Graham claimed in the January issue of Decision Magazine, the magazine of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Graham complained that euthanasia was "entrenched" in Europe and added, "Earlier this year, Belgium became the first country in the world to allow child euthanasia with no age limit.”

CNN reported that Belgium's new law applies only to children who are terminally ill. Those children must be in intolerable pain and their parents or guardians have to agree with the child's choice.

Graham expressed concern that the U.S. was heading in the same direction because "for every 1,000 live births in the U.S., 219 pregnancies end with a murdered child, through abortion.”

According to, Graham also complained people used to watch football on TV on Sunday nights, but lamented that millions of people watched the season premiere of AMC's zombie series "The Walking Dead" instead.

“Nearly 15 million people turned in to yet another episode, easily surpassing that night’s matchup (between the Broncos and the Chiefs)" on Oct. 12, 2014, added Graham.

“That program is just one of numerous television programs that have garnered tremendous followings by fixating on gore and death,” stated Graham. “At least half a dozen prime time shows are strangely enamored and captivated by it. These shows, when combined with hugely popular video games like 'Mortal Kombat,' demonstrate how obsessed with death our culture has become.”

Graham went on to discuss the fictional TV series, which never claims to be real, within the framework of the Bible.

“The Bible says that once a person dies, he will face the judgment of God,” stated Graham. “There is no reincarnation. There is no second chance. Death is serious, eternal business. Once our physical hearts beat for the last time, we will instantly find ourselves either in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in all His splendor, or in the pit of Hell away from His presence.”

"Death is not a fictional television series,” said Graham. “It is not a popular gaming topic. It is the entryway into either eternal life or eternal death. And a culture that treats it as mere fantasy and amusing entertainment does so at its peril.”

Graham didn't mention the real life concussions and brain injuries that football players suffer in the NFL. The New York Times reported in 2014 that a study showed that one-third of NFL players will suffer from "long-term cognitive problems."

Sources:, Decision magazine,, The New York Times
Image Credit: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association