Well, here we go. We knew this was going to happen, and it sure didn’t take long. Someone has dug up a Louie Giglio sermon from the mid-1990s, and it has been making the rounds among liberal blogs and websites. The sermon is so offensive that critics are saying that President Obama should never have invited Giglio to pray at the inauguration. What’s all the fuss about? I bet you already know—Giglio’s views on homosexuality.
Paul Raushenbush, senior editor of Huffington Post’s religion blog, says that he is angry that President Obama picked someone who “attacks gay people” and who says that gays “will be prevented from ‘entering the Kingdom of God’ and also that the ‘only way out of a homosexual lifestyle… is through the healing power of Jesus.’” In other words, Raushenbush faults Giglio for being a Christian.
Homosexuality and gay marriage are fast becoming the litmus test for whether one should be allowed to participate in public life. I’m glad that the President doesn’t seem to agree with that sentiment yet. But make no mistake. There are a growing number of people who do.
As the gay rights narrative has co-opted the civil rights narrative, an increasing number of people have come to see the gay marriage question as an equal rights issue. As that sentiment grows, invitations like this one will become increasingly impossible. A president would no more invite a practicing Christian to pray than he would a member of the KKK. They are morally equivalent.
The result is that whenever a Christian is “outed” as believing what the Bible teaches about sex, he is immediately labeled a bigot and marked as unfit for participation in polite society. And supporting liberal-approved causes such as ending sex-slavery—as Giglio does—won’t deliver anyone from that judgment.
If you want to hear the sermon in question, you can download it here or listen to it below:
As I said in my previous post, this would be a good time to pray for Giglio.