The Louie Giglio Controversy and the Next GenerationBy Trillia Newbell | January 16th, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized | 2 comments
By Trillia Newbell
If you haven’t heard, Louie Giglio, Evangelical pastor and activist, was invited to speak at the Presidential Inauguration. He accepted and then after it was it was revealed that he once spoke about his views on homosexuality, he withdrew from the event. I’m not going to go into all of the details of the controversy. If you are interested you can see Joe Carter’s summary of all of the perspectives. And though I didn’t have strong feelings in regards to the debacle, I did have one thought and then a response. My thought was I need to be teaching my kids the Good News and how to share it.
I am not a pessimist. I do not believe that there is absolutely no hope for America or that Christians are currently under the same persecution that is experienced in closed countries. But I do think that we are heading down a road where I’m unsure if as my children grow and as their children grow that they will be awarded the same freedoms I have been, even to write a post such as this one.
I don’t want my kids to be surprised by fiery trials as if the possibility of persecution for following Christ were unexpected or unbelievable. I want them to know there is a cost to being a disciple and that the world won’t be eager to support their faith and they may even experience hate (1 John 3:13). I don’t want to romanticize Christianity. I want to make sure they know the truth, you really can gain the whole world and forfeit your soul (Mark 8:36).
But I want to teach them that laying down their lives for the sake of the gospel is worth it. I want to remind them that Jesus laid down his life, not for friends, but for enemies. I want to remind them that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44). I want to teach them that our treasure isn’t on earth but in Heaven.
So, my response has been to pray. I am praying for my children. I am praying for our children. I am praying for the next generation to be strong and steadfast and abounding in love. I am praying that my children would know the gospel and that they would proclaim it without fear—because all anyone can do is kill the body, but even death does not keep us from living (Matthew 10: 28).