Why Was Louie Giglio Invited To The Inauguration In The First Place?
Yesterday, a controversy rocked the evangelical world. Louie Giglio, a famous clergyman from Atlanta, withdrew his acceptance to an invitation to give the benediction at Barack Obama’s upcoming inauguration. There were several groups that opposed him being giving such an honor. You can read more about this by clicking HERE.
Many evangelicals were outraged that he felt he had to withdraw. Thousands of his fans felt he was treated unfairly. Many others tweeted and expressed an even greater admiration for him and his stance that caused the controversy. As I took in yesterday’s news, I was grieved that so many well meaning people completely missed the real tragedy in this situation. There is a monumental question that Christians are simply not asking…
Why was Louie Giglio invited to the inauguration in the first place?
The answer to this question is far more troubling. Before I share more, I’d like to say a few personal things about Louie Giglio. I have a lot of respect and love for him as a brother in Christ. He has been a personal blessing in my life. I know him to be the ‘real deal’, so to speak. I have looked deep into this brother’s eyes and I have seen Jesus Christ.
This vision of Christ in him has changed me. He has prayed for me personally, and the words that came out of his mouth in that prayer were from the Lord Himself. There is no doubt in my mind about this. The Lord used him to shape my journey at a critical time in my life in many ways. I wanted you to know this before you consider the rest of this article.
The organizations that Louie Giglio has built and leads, however, are a picture of the problem of institutional christendom. Louie is the head of ‘Passion City Church’ in Atlanta, GA, and he also is the head of Passion Conferences. I have written about the problematic nature of such conferences in this post entitled:
The Power Of The Popes
Do you ever wonder why the Vatican has a seat at the United Nations? Do you ever wonder why world leaders regularly travel to Rome to kiss the hand of the Pope? The reason is quite simple. Power.
Government & Religion are two major structures that wield influence over the masses. Although many within those structures desire to accomplish good through the use of their power, the life blood of both of these world’s systems are power and control. Historically, both mankind’s government & mankind’s religion have tended to have a competitive & contentious relationship with one another for influence over the masses. Although both are wary of one another, both recognize one another and attempt to use each other to accomplish their purposes.
Government leaders want influential pope like figures on their side because they know these figures are the heads of institutions that control human and financial resources. The same can be said of why clerical leaders want to influence governmental leaders as well. Both systems recognize each other because both are from the same overall system. Jesus specifically told His disciples to beware of both groups when He said this:
And He (Jesus) was giving orders to them, saying, “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” (Mark 8:15, NASB)
Wow, did you catch that? Jesus was quite clearly singling out, and lumping two groups together. The ‘Pharisees’ represent religious leaders, and ‘Herod’ represent governmental leaders. Jesus wanted His disciples to avoid the substance of both groups. Isn’t it ironic that the conversation and fascination in institutional Christendom revolves around both groups that Jesus specifically warned us to avoid ?
There are many ‘popes’ in mankind’s religious system. Louie Giglio has become another one of many. His idolization by many of his endearing fans have made him an attractive target for ‘Herod’. I know that has not been Louie’s intention, but that is the natural result of the system that he is operating in. His invitation is very telling indeed.
Jesus Christ, however, is quite different. He was not accepted by the religious leaders. He simply was not one of them. They hated Him. The governmental authorities were indifferent toward him until He negatively affected their relationship with the religious leaders. The governmental system of Jesus’ day could not recognize Him because, unlike the religious clergy, He was not of this world. The scriptures describe Jesus as someone whom was not ‘stately’ or ‘regal’. When Jesus was eventually brought before Pilot & Herod, they were unimpressed and thought Him to be harmless, so to speak. It was the religious crowd that were threatened by Him.
Brothers & sisters, do not be alarmed that Louie Giglio will not give the benediction at the inauguration, be more ‘alarmed’ that the masses of evangelicals are not ‘alarmed’ that ‘Herod’ was impressed with one of their leaders in the first place.