You may have already heard about the controversy around Atlanta pastor, Louie Giglio. Giglio was invited to give the inaugural prayer for Barack Obama’s second inauguration later this month. That invitation was quickly rescinded, however, when it was discovered that Giglio preached a sermon from the mid–1990’s where he called homosexuality a sin, a sin that needed to be repented of, and that the “only way out of a homosexual lifestyle…is through the healing power of Jesus Christ.” While there were attempts made to demonstrate that there was a wall of separation between the Presidential Inauguration Committee and the White House, and that Giglio voluntarily withdrew, it is clear from a straight-forward reading of the statements issued that Giglio was dis-invited by the White House when it was determined that his presence would be an embarrassment to the President.
In other words, Barack Obama made the mistake of thinking that an evangelical pastor would not hold evangelical views of sin and sexuality.
There are many excellent analyses out there but the best I have read is that by Albert Mohler. In one key paragraph he states:
The Presidential Inaugural Committee and the White House have now declared historic, biblical Christianity to be out of bounds, casting it off the inaugural program as an embarrassment. By its newly articulated standard, any preacher who holds to the faith of the church for the last 2,000 years is persona non grata. By this standard, no Roman Catholic prelate or priest can participate in the ceremony. No Evangelical who holds to biblical orthodoxy is welcome. The vast majority of Christians around the world have been disinvited. Mormons, and the rabbis of Orthodox Judaism are out. Any Muslim imam who could walk freely in Cairo would be denied a place on the inaugural program. Billy Graham, who participated in at least ten presidential inaugurations is welcome no more. Rick Warren, who incited a similar controversy when he prayed at President Obama’s first inauguration, is way out of bounds. In the span of just four years, the rules are fully changed.
It is a very important article and can and should be read here.