Rev. Luis Leon delivered the inaugural benediction this afternoon. Leon was selected to deliver the prayer after Louie Giglio was forced out of the program by the White House. The White House dropped Giglio from the program after Giglio’s Christian views on homosexuality surfaced on the internet in an old sermon. Leon serves at a church that rejects the Bible’s prohibition on homosexuality, and that is likely why he was selected to replace Giglio.
In light of the controversy that led to Leon’s participation in the ceremony, I was wondering if this false teacher would use the prayer to say something about homosexuality. He did. He mentioned that both gay and straight people are created in the image of God. Just a quick observation about that remark.
All Christians everywhere agree that both gay and straight people are created in the image of God. But that does not mean what Rev. Leon thinks it means. Yes, both gay and straight are made in God’s image (Gen. 1:27). No, that does not mean that they are sinless (Rom. 3:23), nor does it vindicate sexual perversions. All of God’s image-bearers are sinners (Rom. 3:23), and that includes those who engage in the sin of homosexuality (Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Tim. 1:10).
The fact that they are created in God’s image does not erase the offense of sin. On the contrary, it makes it worse.