Uninvited to the Party…

Words are funny things.  And they can be costly.  Louie got uninvited to a party because of what he said… 20 years ago.   Louie Giglio (who rose to prominence from his “Passion” Conferences several years ago) was giving an invitation to give the Benediction (closing prayer) at President Obamas upcoming Inauguration.  Following the investigation of a few groups (“investigation” being the nice way of saying: “digging up any dirt on his past the some might take offense to“) it was discovered that Louie taught that the Bible says our sexual practices matter to God.  The teaching in question was from 20 years ago.  So in order not to make some people uncomfortable because of the clear teaching of the Bible, from a message that Louie gave 20 years ago, he is no longer going to pray at the Presidents Inauguration.

A couple of questions come to mind.  1.  In a time when our nations leaders seemed to be divided over so many issues, couldn’t this of been a very small, simple way for the President to say, “with all that divides us, here is a man (Louie) that is doing a tremendous work of bring attention the to the issue of Slavery that still effects 27 million people around the world and the work he is doing is something that we can all be united around”.   2.  For all the talk of “tolerance”, where is the tolerance for the Bible and people who chose to teach it?    3.  If Louie is disqualified from praying at the inauguration because of his teaching about homosexuality 20 years ago, how is it that former President Clinton is proclaimed “Father of the Year” considering his not so fatherly actions less than 20 years ago?  4.  I also found if interesting that they had to go back 20 years to find a message on sexuality from Louie that people found offensive enough to use against him.  As often as he teaches I’d think there’d be more opportunities for him to be controversial on the subject of sexuality.  I’m not suggesting that we ought to go out of our way to to be disagreeable with others but it seems that issue of sexuality (especially for young people that make up the vast majority of his audience) would be a very frequeint topic for him.

What are your thoughts?

Here are some links… check it out for yourself:

http://www.passioncitychurch.com/blog/?p=1436

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/01/10/louie-giglio-out-from-inaugural-good/

http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/01/10/the-giglio-imbroglio-the-public-inauguration-of-a-new-moral-mccarthyism/

http://268generation.com/passion2013/

http://268generation.com/passion2013/freedom/

http://www.politico.com/blogs/click/2013/01/bill-clinton-named-father-of-the-year-153760.html

6 thoughts on “Uninvited to the Party…

  1. Matti,
    By adapt, I am only referring to the way in which we present the gospel and its truth to others, in no way am I saying we need to fall in line with culture. I just do not think the whole “you are a sinner and it’s because of these things” line is going to work for much longer.
    I agree that we need to speak truth no matter the cost. We need to be able to “be prepared” to speak to any audience.
    We are going to be seeing more persecution for standing up to what we believe, and articles like “being uninvited to a party” should not surprise us.

    Noah,
    In a postmodern age when people know or generate facts based on what they preserve or feel, we can no longer say “that’s bad” because to them it is good… Even the facts, generated by un-biased studies, no longer hold any weight because if the studies go against what people are feeling as good, they are given little to no publicity or merit (you can always find experts on both sides).
    I am not sure what the “innovations” are going to look like, but I am sure there will be attempts at different ways in the future and we will know it when we see it…

  2. Chris, I’m having trouble understanding what you mean by “adapt” as Christians. Didn’t Jesus call us to be set apart, and warned us we would be persecuted for our beliefs? So is there really anything “wrong” with being scrutinized for the truth we accept as Christians?
    I do agree that the Bible and its values are less and less accepted in our culture, but I don’t believe this means those values are any less true or that they should not be addressed in the interest of avoiding confrontation, such as what I believe Giglio did.
    But also like you said, we’re going to have to alter our tactics and be more innovative in our sharing of the gospel. I’m going to have to think more on how I would implement that in my life.

  3. Chris- I agree, I think there this will be a often occurring event (although I think most people like Louie will get rejected as soon as there background gets scrutinized). I am curious what you think some “innovations” that mention might be or look like.

  4. Although I understand Giglio’s position to back down from a fight he didn’t feel he was called to, I feel he was given an opportunity to voice an opinion to a large and varied audience on such an important topic… I can’t decide if his withdrawal was in itself an apology for his beliefs.

  5. I have read a couple blogs on both sides of the fence on this issue (Christian and non-Christian) and the consensus I have come to look at this event is this: we as Christians are going to have to adapt. We are coming to a point in American culture where Christian values are no longer accepted as “good” or “generally accepted” values and we are going to be seen as intolerant and closed minded. I think it is time we start to accept the fact that we are no longer living in a culture that embraces all or most of the bible or its values and those that do accept them are going to be persecuted. .

    I would expect to see more of this in the future. The challenge moving forward into the future is going to be innovation on our side (Christians) to be able to still connect with and evangelize to non-Christians because most of the values that we have been able to relate to others with are quickly fading.

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