I ran across this interview on YouTube recently. Apparently Woody Allen had a talk show in the late 1960s (or early 1970s). Here is an interview he did with – of all people – Billy Graham.
I really appreciated the interview for a number of reasons. For one, you just have to admire the way Graham fields Allen’s questions; playfully with measured grace and dignity. I think Graham models the right way to engage culture for the sake of the gospel – no arguments, no condemnation, just treating others with the highest degree of respect while holding firm to your convictions.
At one point Graham and Allen shake hands in agreement that if Graham goes to see one of Allen’s films or plays, Allen would attend one of Graham’s revival meetings. I enjoyed that display of camaraderie. I think it shows the possibilities that exist when we engage others in conversation about faith, rather than having our aggressive attempts at conversion fall on deaf ears.