Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, warned on her “Giving You Jesus” blog on Aug. 7 that the upcoming solar eclipse may be God’s judgment on America.
Lotz did not mention any of scientific explanations for the solar eclipse, but did cite a Bible verse, Joel 2:31, specifically written for Israelites 2,000 years ago: “The sun will be turned to darkness…before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”
Wut? Does she not know the difference between prophetic utterance and natural event?
Lotz went on to warn that the eclipse, which affects all countries, might be a judgment for the U.S.:
For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will be seen from coast to coast in our nation. People are preparing to mark this significant event with viewing parties at exclusive prime sites. The celebratory nature regarding the eclipse brings to my mind the Babylonian King Belshazzar who threw a drunken feast the night the Medes and Persians crept under the city gate. While Belshazzar and his friends partied, they were oblivious to the impending danger. Belshazzar wound up dead the next day, and the Babylonian empire was destroyed. Jewish rabbi’s have historically viewed solar eclipses as warnings from God to Gentile nations. Therefore, my perspective on the upcoming phenomenon is not celebratory. While no one can know for sure if judgment is coming on America, it does seem that God is signaling us about something. Time will tell what that something is.
Ugh. She’s a reprehensible exegete and worse theologian. Billy, you’re great, but your kids aren’t you, clearly.