Raw Story claims that a state senator “predicts Trump’s Jerusalem embassy decision may usher in Armageddon.” But, he didn’t.
by Ed Stetzer
Over the weekend, we witnessed yet another example of a visible (Christian) public leader saying something foolish. It was one more example in a long line of Christians saying stupid things that make the rest of us look bad.
Or was it?
Florida State Senator Doug Broxson gave the introduction speech for President Trump at a rally this past week. In response to the speech, Raw Story got the initial scoop, blaring out the headline: “Florida rally cheers when Republican predicts Trump’s Jerusalem embassy decision may usher in Armageddon.”
Well, that seems stupid. And you know how I hate it when Christians say stupid things.
So, when I read the article, I eventually came to the quote in question:
“Now, I don’t know about you, but when I heard about Jerusalem — where the King of Kings [applause] where our soon coming King is coming back to Jerusalem, it is because President Trump declared Jerusalem to be capital of Israel,” Sen. Broxson predicted.
To be honest, I was preparing myself for the worst. The past few months have conditioned me to expect the unexpected when it comes to any politician speaking on religion. Given the declaration of the headline, I was half expecting predictions of the four horsemen storming the cabinet room.
I read and re-read the quote several times to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. Once you get past the urgency-inducing headline, I realized that I saw no prediction other than that Jesus was coming back.
I listened to the speech and, admittedly, it was unclear, but certainly did not say what the Raw Story headline said.
But, news flash: most evangelicals (and many other Christian traditions) believe Israel has a prophetic significance and that Jesus is coming back, well, there.
This led me to the conclusion that this story (and its misleading headline) was, at best, the product of reporters unfamiliar with religious thought and language or, at worst, intentionally misleading.
So I reached out to Senator Broxson to ask if he believed the story reflected his meaning or if there had been any follow up by reporters to make sure they had grasped the nuance of his language.
Sure enough, Raw Story didn’t check.