What President Obama SHOULD Have Said About Louie Giglio

While I was not aware of the sermon Mr. Giglio preached in the 1990s and might not agree with his current position on the issue of homosexuality, I welcome his prayers at the inauguration.

I invited Mr. Giglio to deliver an inaugural prayer not because of his political opinions, but because of his faith in God.  Pastor Giglio is one of the nation’s leading voices in the area of human trafficking, an important issue not just around the world but within our borders.

Not only do I stand by my invitation to Pastor Giglio to pray at the inauguration, I invite all Americans to visit enditmovement.com and get involved.  It’s easy to talk, but action is more important.

I deeply regret the dispersion cast on Pastor Giglio from groups supposedly interested in providing equal freedom for all people and delivered through the media.  Personal attacks in the name of tolerance violate the very essence of the word.

Tolerance does not mean we tolerate those who agree with us.  It means we are willing to respect and honor those from all walks of life. It means we respond with respect to all people, even those with whom we disagree.  Especially with those with whom we disagree.

As the President of the United States, I ask for the prayers of all Americans, those who share the beliefs of this administration and those who do not.

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Comments

  1. says

    Very cool post and I wish it would’ve gone that way.

    Here’s a question and answer that I’ve been thinking about today based on the events:

    Q: Why are Christians ever shocked, saddened, or angry when they aren’t accepted in “the public square”, when the very book they base their faith upon not only tells them rejection will happen, but also instructs them to take heart & consider it pure joy when it does?

    A: I don’t believe Christians, especially those in the U.S., even know how to take heart or consider it pure joy when they are rejected or persecuted. When public rejection happens, I don’t think they know what to do with it. They forget the words of Jesus and Paul and instead fight for a platform.

    I think Mr. Giglio did the right thing. He gracefully acknowledged his earthly opposition & is joyfully pressing on toward the righteous goal that was originally set for him.

  2. says

    I see that Giglio has withdrawn from the Inauguration, and for that I’m grateful. While he may be a leader in fighting against human trafficking, his views on LGTBQ personhood clearly puts him at odds with the administration and at odds with millions of Christians, straight and gay, throughout the nation who believe in equality. While some might see this as “persecution,” I see it as stubbornness on the part of those who refuse to budge on the question of equality for LGBTQ persons. There is no virtue in stubbornness, even when its dressed up as faithfulness to Scripture, which, of course, was used to justify slavery and the abuse of women and assorted cruelties across the centuries. Giglio is a fine man, no doubt, but his views on the home are no longer viable. I hope and pray that he will turn his attention to further Bible study and the great work done by so many faithful leaders who are helping Christians open the doors of their minds, hearts and churches to LGBTQ persons.

  3. Brian says

    The reason Obama can’t give a reply like this is that those fighting for gay marriage do not see this as a “difference of opinion.” They see it as bigotry. They equate the inability to support gay marriage (aka “marriage equality”) as the same as racism. So this isn’t just a different view of morality, in the eyes of gay rights proponents, but a civil rights issue. I think we all agree that no one should be free to exclude black people from restaurants, or Latino people from renting an apartment. For many gay people and their supporters, that’s how they feel about Christians who oppose their ability to marry, or oppose legislation supporting equality.

    I’m not arguing we Christians should change our theology, but I do think understanding what people are saying and feeling is important. For gay people, this is not theological or moral issue, it’s a deeply personal one that affect their lives every day. Our challenge is to learn how to actively love gay people, even if we don’t support all the political initiatives they champion. The previous post is right; being a Christian will invite misunderstanding and criticism. We have to embrace that. But we also have to go beyond demanding our “rights” or claiming victimhood to being the active peacemakers He calls us to be.

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