I once had the opportunity to chair the Billy Graham Crusade in New York City, which Dr. Graham said would be his final crusade. We did a press conference together, and for a community leader such as myself, the founder and senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, appearing alongside Dr. Graham was an outstanding moment.

Reporters from nearly every media outlet imaginable questioned this outstanding statesman of evangelical Christianity. As he took question after question, Dr. Graham was able to concisely answer each one. He did not allow the journalists to lead him in a direction that he did not want to go. He was very polished, very respectful, but he stood by his convictions. Of course, I sat there amazed.