The day that Louie Giglio is called an “unrepentant bigot” or “anti-gay” or anti-any person for that matter is a day in which the only bigotry being shown is from secularists toward evangelical Christians and a day in which no evangelical is beyond this persecution. Is it proper for a secularist to be appalled at the Westboro “Baptist Church”‘s hate message? Absolutely, but so are evangelicals. Is it proper for secularists to call actions of discrimination, mistreatment, and abuse of a certain group of people hateful? Absolutely. However, a further step has been taken and it is now affirmed with the pressure placed on pastor Louie Giglio which led him to withdraw from giving the prayer at Obama’s Inauguration. Not only are those who demonstrate hateful actions toward homosexuals being resented and banned from the public square, but even those who simply hold to the belief that unrepentant homosexuals will not be in the kingdom of heaven are not welcome in the public square. Does it matter that the holders of this clear and direct teaching of God in the Bible in fact love homosexuals and desire to minister to them? No. Because our view differs from mainstream secularists, we are not welcome. This is at least public and unprecedented Christian persecution in the USA, and at worst, in the words of Russell Moore, a “de facto established state church”. Here is an excerpt from Russell Moore’s take on Giglio and the Inauguration prayer:
When it is now impossible for one who holds to the catholic Christian view of marriage and the gospel to pray at a public event, we now have a de facto established state church. Just as the pre-constitutional Anglican and congregational churches required a license to preach in order to exclude Baptists, the new state church requires a “license” of embracing sexual liberation in all its forms.
I have yet to read a better overall take on the matter and the rest of Moore’s article can be found here. And be sure to also check out Louie Giglio’s response to the White House and his take on the situation.
While liberalists and secularists have striven for a tolerance and acceptance of all peoples, they have created a terrible self-contradiction by being so intolerant (by their own definition of the term) of the beliefs of evangelicals. It is only evident of the blindness of the hearts and minds of the world when the explicit gospel is presented. Repentance is not something that goes over too well because it implies that there is something that needs to be repented of and that is just “so intolerant”! While secularists are typically relativists, they set an absolute standard when it comes to taking part in society. You must embrace all forms of sexuality. Logically, there is no end to this. The traditional view of sexuality is not only being challenged but being considered bigotry in the public square. And when this persecution falls on such figures as Louie Giglio, who would fall under the approval of many liberalists because of his work to end human trafficking and slavery, we can see that this is only the beginning and the worst is yet to come. If this is a tell-tell sign of Obama’s America in the next four years, then all I can say is that change is what we voted for and change is what we have. And as we go forward, evangelicals had better be ready to stand their ground on the solid rock of God’s Word in the face of such hostilities from secularists and liberalists who consider us to be hostile. What grand contradictions we must be prepared to face!
However, in light of all of this, now more than ever, we must be in prayer for our nation as our opportunity to show the worth of Christ through public persecution is now increasing. May Christ be magnified through these recent developments and may our President realize that he only has authority because he has been granted authority by the one true Sovereign. My prayers are with Giglio, President Obama, and our nation during this time of division in America.