Rev. Louie Giglio

Anti-gay pastor Louie Giglio has decided not to speak at President Obama’s inauguration.

That’s polite. I agree with his decision. What I wonder about is how you felt about my reference to Rev. Giglio as anti-gay. (And in some other post, maybe we can discuss how you feel about the title “reverend.”)

The quote from a Louie Giglio sermon says that the Old and New Testaments make it clear that homosexuality is a sin. This, apparently, makes people think it’s fine to describe him as “anti-gay.”

I’ll bet that if Mr. Giglio spoke on homosexuality and referenced the Hebrew Scriptures and the apostles writings in the process, then he probably also noticed that heterosexual sex outside of marriage is a sin, too. I’d be willing to bet a paycheck that at some point, he said that a man and woman living together outside of marriage (assuming a non-platonic relationship here) is a sin. Yet, I have seen no references to Rev. Giglio as anti-adulterer.

I’ll bet that Mr. Giglio has spoken against theft as well, and murder, and even gossip and slander, yet I’ll bet he’s never been described as anti-gossip nor anti-thug.

I’ve been called a homophobe a number of times schizophrenic people, who apparently conglomerate towards the left end of the political spectrum. To this day, I would agree with Rev. Giglio that homosexuality is clearly condemned in the Bible. In fact, Lev. 20:13 calls it an abomination. It was punished with the death penalty in ancient Israel.

I’m not calling for a death penalty, nor even for legal action against sinners whose most obvious sin is homosexuality. I am saying that homosexual activity, like heterosexual activity outside of marriage and like theft and lying, is a sin.

“Homophobe” means a person who is afraid of homosexuals. I have excellent proof that I’m not afraid of homosexuals. I lived with one in my 20’s, even though I knew he was homosexual. That was in the military, and I didn’t turn him in; nor did I turn in his partners.

I am not a homophobe, and Louie Giglio is not anti-gay, any more than he is anti-thief. In fact, I would guess he’s a lot more anti-thief because he probably, like me, wants thieves punished by the law, while I see no point in arresting and punishing homosexuals.

One More: “Keep Religion Out of Politics”

While I agree with those who say that the founding fathers were trying to keep politics out of religion and not vice versa, that’s not what I want to discuss here.

I want to discuss an email I heard read this morning on CNN. The writer said that Louie Giglio had no business bringing his religion into politics.

What is she talking about? Is she unaware that the only reason that we are discussing Rev. Giglio in the news is because Barack Obama, the president of the United States, invited him (and others) to PRAY at his inauguration??? If Rev. Giglio, invited to the white house BECAUSE he is a pastor, should keep his religion out of politics, why isn’t she also complaining about others who were invited? Why isn’t she complaining about Barack Obama, who invited him?

The reason is that this woman is lying. She doesn’t want Rev. Giglio, nor anyone else, to keep their religion out of politics. She wants Rev. Giglio to be silenced on the issue of homosexuality because she disagrees with him.

Thus her religion, which apparently teaches that people who disagree with her ought not be allowed to speak publicly on any issue, even if they never bring up the issue she disagrees with, is the real problem. He religion directly disagrees with the constitution and threatens our freedoms.

She is an “aleithiaphobe,” a term I just coined which means someone who fears the truth.

What Is This Post About?

I’m pretty sure that a computer that read this post would pick out “homosexuality” as the most relevant topic to this post, with Rev. Louie Giglio as a close second.

This post is about neither subject. There just happened to be a real world subject on TV this morning that makes a great anecdote/illustration of a point that is at the center of almost everything I write about: honesty and self-denial.

I said “a point,” and then I mentioned honesty and self-denial. That is because the two go hand in hand.

We are, by nature, defenders of our opinions. (I wish I had bookmarked the study I read in Scientific American or Discover or on a science blog saying this was so.) It takes effort, sometimes extreme effort, to overcome our opinion and look closely at what is true.

That is the very reason the scientific method was developed, to provide a structure that would protect scientists from their own opinion. That is why the peer-review process was added to the scientific method and then formalized in peer-reviewed journal, so that scientists could police one another and thus protect each other from unrestrained and uncorrected opinion.

I’m just trying to point out, one more time, that unrestrained opinion (as usual in politics and religion, which is why we’re scared to talk about them) is running amok on the subject of Louie Giglio and his comments on homosexuality.

I’m crusading for people who will join me in loving truth: people who will bear their own anger when their opinion isn’t being heard, rather than pouring it out on others; people who will go off and get over their embarrassment before they answer someone who has given an argument undercuts their own; people who can endure and thus overcome the powerful emotions that accompany our own opinions and choose the truth.

It is my opinion that lovers of the truth will wind up at the feet of Jesus, who is the living Truth, because Truth loves his own. You can agree with that or disagree with that, but time will either bear me out on that or not.

Jesus is the one who said he was the Truth. Mohandes Gandhi is the one who said that Truth is a living being who will help, with immense power, those who become lovers of the truth.

Are they right?

You and I both know how Jesus of Nazareth and Mohandes (or Mahatma, meaning “great soul”) Gandhi would have wanted us to live. One of them lived 2,000 years ago, and most of the people on earth have heard of him. We date our calendars from his birth. The other has been dead for over 60 years and virtually single-handedly expelled the British empire from India … with suffering rather than violence!

I like taking a chance on their opinion and gathering people who want to live as they prescribed. (I think Gandhi did wind up at the feet of Jesus, acknowledging that Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) was the best description of how people should live.

I guess that’s off the subject. I’m just trying to tell you why I write about things like this.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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