(Christian News Network) “When we were children, we were making fun of the devil, and Daddy stopped us and said, ‘Don’t make fun of the devil. He’s a good devil,’” Ruth recounted, laughing. “Daddy never said anything ugly about anybody. … It’s quite a legacy for me, to not be so critical.”
In a video posted to YouTube on the day of Billy Graham’s death, talk show host Glenn Beck emotionally recollected to Ruth Graham, the daughter of Billy Graham, a time that he said Graham defended him—knowing that he was a Mormon—as being a Christian.
The video was of a 2014 interview in which the two talked about the life and character of Graham, and the memories they had of the crusade preacher.
“I remember five years ago, your father asked me some very pointed questions,” Beck outlined at one point during the discussion. “And somebody in the room said, ‘Just a reminder, he’s Mormon.’ And your father turned to the individual and said, ‘I know.’”
“And he looked back at me and said—we were talking about a certain subject—and he said, ‘Tell me how you know that came from Christ,’” he recalled. “And I told him.”
Beck then fell silent as he became visibly moved in recounting the story.
Moments later, after gathering himself, he turned to Ruth and asked, “How do we get people to play nice with each other?”
“Oh, Glenn,” she replied, taking a deep breath. “I don’t know. We have such division. We have such rancor, not only in our political world, but in our Christian world, our religious world. And I know that breaks Jesus’ heart.”
See also: Dr. John MacArthur on Mormonism