CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, July 27, 2012 ( – In a public letter, famed evangelist Billy Graham wonders whether America could be facing a punishment comparable to Sodom and Gomorrah if the nation fails to repent of its moral degradation, including the 50 million legal abortions committed since Roe v. Wade.

In ‘My Heart Aches for America’, Graham quotes a remark by his late wife, Ruth, after she read a passage from one of his books detailing the “terrible downward spiral” of America’s morals.


“If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah,” she said.

Responding, the 94-year-old Graham writes, “I wonder what Ruth would think of America if she were alive today. In the years since she made that remark, millions of babies have been aborted and our nation seems largely unconcerned. Self-centered indulgence, pride, and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle.”

“The farther we get from God, the more the world spirals out of control,” the evangelist continues. “My heart aches for America and its deceived people. The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance. In Jonah’s day, Nineveh was the lone world superpower—wealthy, unconcerned, and self-centered. When the Prophet Jonah finally traveled to Nineveh and proclaimed God’s warning, people heard and repented.”

Find the full letter here.