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?
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