Originally posted at American Thinker
Christians from all across America are outraged that popular evangelical pastor Louie Giglio ofÂ laminin fameÂ has been banished and will no longer be delivering the benediction at President Obama’s second and possibly evenÂ more historicÂ inauguration, due to take place on Martin Luther King Day. Â For daring to speak truth, Pastor Giglio, after being marked with an anti-gayÂ branding ironÂ and summarily booted from the dais, is now pretending to have willingly backed out of the function.
The controversy concerns a sermon Giglio delivered in the 1990s that endorsed theÂ 5,000-year-oldÂ biblical teaching that homosexuality is a lifestyle choiceÂ displeasingÂ to God, ergo a sin. Â After learning about the inflammatory dissertation, the White House, whose stated desire is to have an inaugural that reflects diversity, immediately distanced itself from Mr. Giglio.
Supposedly, Louie was chosen initially because of his work combating human trafficking. Â If the ousted minister had prevailed, Mr. Obama would have surely found a way to exploit the pastor’s involvement in the global mission by tying human slavery to the plight of those Obama believes are enslaved by a system that denies social justice to poor minorities.
Nonetheless, on behalf of the president with theÂ mysterious past, Presidential Inaugural Committee spokespersonÂ Addie WhisenantÂ said that “at the time of his selection.” the committee was unaware of Giglio’s 20-year-old comments.Â Ms. Whisenant went on to remind affronted gay activists that Giglio’s sentiments do not “reflect [Obama’s] desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this Inaugural.”
Therefore, it appears that if a Christian dares oppose secular society’s effort to accommodate a radical homosexual agenda, after a public excoriation, he can expect to be exiled to life beyond the city gates. Â Tolerance and inclusion can now be officially defined as the rejection of traditional values and the forced acceptance of aberrant sexual behavior.
In her prompt response, Ms. Whisenant reassured Mr. Obama’s gay supporters that the committee is working to “select someone to deliver the benediction” whose “beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.”Â The term “all Americans” apparently excludes Christian-Americans, who, with the exception of saccharine pastorÂ Joel Osteen, are neither included nor accepted.Â For that reason, anti-bullying bullyÂ Dan SavageÂ would be a more suitable candidate to consecrate the gaieties.
Either way, in the wake of whatÂ Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, called “the new moral McCarthyism,” Christian leaders are pointing out that in order to be a true reflection of diversity, the inauguration should include the full spectrum of opinion, including viewpoints that may be disagreeable to homosexuals.
Furthermore, as if time gone by could somehow change God’s established truth, other Christian leaders are suggesting that Reverend Giglio’s “homosexuality is bad” comments lack relevancy because they were expressed way back in the Clinton era, when Barack Obama was tithing to Jeremiah Wright’s anti-Semitic,Â black separatistÂ Trinity United Church of Christ.
What’s most disturbing about the Giglio affair isn’t so much that he’s being scorned for what he said twenty years ago, but rather that for two decades, liberals had no problem with the content of his sermons. Â Frankly, unless the reverend was planningÂ to rebukeÂ the masses gathered round the Capitol steps, it’s just as well that he remains hunkered down withÂ his colossalÂ “indifference is not an option” skyward reaching hand back inÂ Atlanta, Georgia.
Not only that, but Louie Giglio should also be grateful that his anti-gay comments were exposed prior to the event. Â If, God forbid, the Presidential Inaugural Committee had caught wind of his opinion midway through the invocation, Louie might have instantaneously disappeared through aÂ trapdoorÂ built intoÂ the floorÂ of the inaugural platform.
In a way, Louie Giglio being “honored” to accept the president’s invitation to pray over his swearing-in is worse than the Atlanta minister getting the bum’s rush by the predictable left.Â What, pray tell, was Giglio thinking?Â What was he going to ask God to do on Obama’s behalf?Â Which politically correct Bible was Louie going to be allowed to use while praying — the Sodom and Gomorrah edition, or theÂ Queen James version?
Was Louie planning to entreat the Lord to bless another four years of Barack ObamaÂ fundingÂ abortion, sanctioning gay marriage, handing out free birth control to promiscuous college coeds, limiting God-given freedoms, spurning Israel, covering up crucifixes atÂ Catholic universities, and decimating America’s constitutional right to religious liberty?Â (And that’s just for openers.)
Was theÂ Passion MinistriesÂ pastor whose words influence many of America’s Christian youth also willing to accept the responsibility for putting verbal and visual approbation on the second term of a Scripture-quoting president whose first term stopped just short of mocking everything “pure, lovelyÂ and of good repute?”
Historically, rejection from the world proves that a disciple of Christ is on a path to righteousness.Â Thus, it should be the goal of every Christian to be “despisedÂ and rejected” by the likes of men like Barack Obama.Â After all, offending heathens was Jesus’s forte — so much so that the leaders of His day nailed Him to a tree for speaking truths they didn’t want to hear.
After “respectfully [ahem] withdraw[ing his] acceptance of the President’s invitation,”Â Louie GiglioÂ promptly changed his focus to preserving “theÂ collective rightÂ to hold differing views.” Â It would have been much more impressive if, rather than “withdraw” after the fact, Louie Giglio had chosen to “decline” in the first place.
Either way, if future opportunities arise, Pastor Louie Giglio’s Christian witness will have a far greater impact if he outright refuses to sanction any secular leader whose personal and political choices flout the Word of God.
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