In the early years of the Trump campaign, Christian author and radio host Eric Metaxas tried to explain his support of Donald Trump in a somewhat nuanced way. Consider, for example, this interview with Kirsten Powers and Jonathan Merritt. Metaxas suggested that the president should “repent of everything we know that he has done and is too proud to admit.” Metaxas said he regretted his claim in a 2016 Wall Street Journal op-ed that God will hold non-Trump voters accountable.
Two years after this interview, Metaxas is not nuanced any more. He is now all in for Trump. I am surprised he is not wearing a MAGA hat to his radio studio. I have no doubt that he would be willing to speak at a Trump rally if the president thought he had a large enough profile.
Nearly ten years ago when I offered a balanced take on the question, “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?,” I quickly realized that talk radio hosts are not interested in nuance. Nuance doesn’t attract listeners or sell ads. No one wants to donate to people and organizations who make nuanced arguments. The purpose of talk radio–Christian or otherwise–is to paint the world in black and white. Shades of gray do not bring ratings and when your ratings are high there is a lot of money to be made.
Here is one of Metaxas’s latest tweets:
First, it is worth noting that Trump has not “beat Covid” yet. Did you see him sucking wind earlier tonight?
Second, Metaxas describes Trump using language applied to the “beast” of Revelation 13:4. Here is that verse in context (King James Version):
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Most biblical commentators interpret the “beast” to be something akin to a false prophet.
UPDATE: Thanks Alan Cross for pointing out that Metaxas may be referring to Psalm 113. This makes more sense:
But I do think the Revelation 13 reference is really interesting.
In the end, I think it may all come down to this: