"When you met him it was like he had been waiting to see you and instantly you became old friends."
-- Scott Sayre, 24th District Senate candidate
When we pass from this world, a measure of how much of an impact we had can be seen in how many friends, family members, and colleagues turn out for our funerals.
Jerry Falwell had a huge impact on the world ... and the testament to that was the upwards of 30,000 people who planned to attend his funeral today in Lynchburg. That, my friends, is quite a statement.
Loved by his followers and savaged by the mainstream media, he influenced thousands of college students who attended his conservative Liberty University and law school. He built Thomas Road Baptist Church into a 24,000-member congregation. He impacted Republican politics by championing the Moral Majority in the 1980s.
And that is why I am grateful to Jerry Falwell. He shook conservative Christians by the shoulder and made them pay attention to the political process.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Among those attending are evangelist Billy Graham's son, Franklin Graham, who will be one of the speakers; televangelist Pat Robertson, founder of Regent University in Virginia Beach; former Virginia Republican senator and governor George Allen; Ralph Reed, first executive director of Robertson's Christian Coalition; and Roy Moore, the "Ten Commandments judge" who was removed from office as Alabama's chief justice.
This is a man who will be missed.