For those of you who missed it, Passion Conferences leader and Sixpence Records co-owner Louie Giglio was invited to give the benediction at the President’s upcoming inauguration. Giglio was chosen for this honor because of his recent work towards ending modern day slavery and his influence on college students.
After this announcement, LGBTQ rights groups uncovered a Giglio sermon from 1995, where Louie stated that “homosexuality is a sin like all other sins, but. . . through God’s grace you can change just as all other sinners change.”
On my list of controversial evangelicals, Louie Giglio is not high on the list. While Louie deserved this honor and I stand behind the Passion conference movement 100%, I think the fault lies with the President, his inauguration committee, and their desire to serve the agenda of those who support his presidency. While many of those who commend the work of Louie Giglio do not support the work of President Obama, those who support the LGBTQ agenda also support the president.
My biggest question is this: What did the White House assume that Louie believed about homosexuality when they invited him? A simple review of his Twitter profile would show him to be an evangelical Christian, and I’m sure the White House is aware of his association with John Piper, Francis Chan, David Platt, among many others who believe in the biblical view of marriage.
While I am disappointed in the redaction of the invitation for Louie to pray, I am most alarmed about the turn this shows in the religious freedom department of our country. We are no longer free to be evangelical Christians in this country, at least not in public. We will no longer be invited to fancy Presidential events. We will no longer be welcomed in places where “Tolerance!” is the cry. I am most reminded of a historical event I learned about in middle school: McCarthyism and the Red Scare. From 1947-1957 in America, anyone who presented a critical view of America was considered to be a communist, and many people were tried as such. Today, anyone who presents a critical view of homosexuality is considered to be a “homophobe” and a “hate-mongerer.”
As Christians, we must continue to speak the truth in love, pray for our president, and love sinners as Jesus did. But I serve one kingdom and only one kingdom, and that is the Kingdom of God.