Louie Giglio got a bad rap.
If you have followed the developments surrounding his invitation to speak at the presidential inauguration, then you already know the story. In short, Giglio has made a name for himself not only as pastor of an influential megachurch, but also as a powerful leader in the fight to end human trafficking. It was the latter that earned him a spot delivering the benediction at the presidential inauguration.
Unfortunately, this was not to be. A small group of activists dug up a sermon he delivered nearly two decades ago, where Giglio identified homosexuality as a sin. The group was small, but it was noisy. Louie Giglio had accepted the limelight of the inauguration for the principal purpose of drawing attention to his crusade to end human trafficking. The clamoring group proved an ample distraction, and Pastor Giglio decided to remove himself from the inauguration before the voice of the few drowned out the needs of the enslaved.
I don’t always agree with Louie, but this act of deference impressed me. Rather than risk a controversy which would distract from the work he was doing among the trafficked, he turned down a White House invitation to stand before the entire nation in prayer. That’s passion.
I wish we had more people as passionate about “the least of these” as Giglio is. As it is, I applaud his humility. You can see in Louie an abiding connection to His creator. And so, in honor of this man, I felt I would share an exceptional moment in his speaking career, where he invites us to sing with whales and pulsars, part of a universal symphony wrapped in holy song. Enjoy!
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