On January 10th, Louie Giglio declined the invitation to pray the benediction at the Presidential Inauguration over pressure relating to an "anti-gay" sermon that he preached almost twenty years ago. Depending on who you're talking with, Giglio's move was either a cultural victory because of his secret "hatred" of LGBT people; or it marks a definitive end to evangelicalism as we know it. But are these the only two ways to think about this? I don't think so. Here's my take:
1) The evangelical voice is still being heard.
Many opinionated evangelicals have little personal experience with those who advise and surround the President. I'm not talking about Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Jay Carney, or even Joshua Dubois. I'm talking about the people who are never in front of the camera but play significant roles in shaping public policy. As someone who has had occasion to know and work with them, I can say with confidence that there are more professing and practicing evangelicals throughout our government ...1