When the reporter asked Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah a final question, the answer was more disturbing than the query.
After the live coverage of the embassy opening in Jerusalem, there was a White House press briefing that occurred. The questions covered a wide gamut of topics, but it was the final question that very much peaked my interest. It wasn’t necessarily the question, but the answer from Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah which told me, a Christian, about how the White House feels about a Biblical fact. The link below will take you to the full video, and the area that I am talking about occurs at the 23:54 time. This niblets below are from the audio transcript if you don’t want to go through the video:
Q: “Thank you, Raj. You said before that you hadn’t heard Pastor Jeffress’s remarks. Among other things he said, “Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism…they leave people to an eternity of separation from God in Hell.” I also wanted to talk about Pastor John Hagee, who was involved in that ceremony. He once said that Hitler was an instrument of God. Separate from that, on Sunday, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump met with Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, the Chief Sephardic Rabbi in Israel. And he once compared black people to monkeys. So I’m wondering, in all three of these instances can you tell us anything about how these people were brought into the ceremonies? And do you think it’s regrettable that people with these views were involved with the American government?”
Raj: “I don’t have any readout on how they became involved with these events. All I’ll say is that those specific views that you outlined if they’re accurate reflections of what was said, wouldn’t be embraced by this White House. Beyond that, I don’t have anything else. Thanks a lot, folks.”
“… if they’re accurate reflections of what was said, wouldn’t be embraced by this White House.”
Basically, the White House does not hold a biblical view with regard to other religions or belief systems as the Bible does, that being, that they do not lead to God, heaven, or salvation. A true Christian believes that there is only one way to the Father and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ. I’m not going to go so far as to say that President Donald Trump doesn’t believe this fact, but what I will say is that the White House does not believe this fact, as stated by the Deputy Press Secretary. It could also be possible that Mr. Shah was only responding to one or two of the questions that the reporter was asking and lumped them all into one response. Source: Briefing, W. and House, W.
Briefing, W., & House, W. (2018). White House Blames Hamas for Violence in Gaza. C-SPAN.org. Retrieved 15 May 2018, from https://www.c-span.org/video/?445577-1/white-house-blames-hamas-violence-gaza
Something to ponder.