In another half-meant attempt to extend an “olive branch” to evangelicals, Obama asked Passion City Church pastor Louie Giglio to give the prayer at his 2nd inauguration as a reward for Giglio’s social work to end modern slavery.
After initially accepting with enthusiasm, the pastor released this somewhat apologetic and confusing statement:
“Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration. Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ.”
He was referring to a sermon from what he wants to make it seem like a long, long time ago, when he used to preach against the sin of homosexuality.
He now wants to withdraw from the spotlight. A reasonable conclusion is that he does not wish to defend or debate the biblical truth he once proclaimed in the public square.
On one of the hottest issues threatening to split churches and spread false teaching, Giglio, one of the most recognizable faces of the American Christianity, wishes to remain silent.
Historic Christianity demonstrates that men of God have not been silent on issues of sin. Jesus Himself did not withdraw from the debate on sexual immorality in Matthew 19. Paul did not shy away from labeling homosexual relations as unnatural and idolatrous in Romans 1. Peter was bold in addressing immorality and false teaching in 2 Peter 2.
Even Rick Warren did not withdraw himself from the debate, he actually craves it making the rounds an all the popular talk shows exposing a lukewarm position on the nature of homosexual relations.
Why is Louie Giglio backing down? Why won’t he deliver a firm inaugural Christian prayer to God in the name of Jesus (not in the name of Islamic prophet Isa like Rick Warren did in his inaugural prayer) and let the storm rage around him?
I love the Casting Crowns song lyrics which highlight the storm around us:
And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
This was the opportunity of a life time for Giglio to stand up for God and for biblical truth in front of an audience of hundreds of millions, and he blew it! It would have been an eternal testimony… I am so disappointed…