From what I can tell, the pope is a good and loving man. It’s hard to find fault with him because he so self-evidently shares the love of Christ (though I do disagree with him on numerous matters, of course). Still, I’m disappointed that Francis didn’t lift up Christ’s name before Congress and the United Nations. This is not nitpicking. What would it have hurt for the pontiff, in these contexts, to clearly lift up the Name that is above all names? This would have only enhanced his other words and actions. So as a friendly observer to Francis–and possibly a brother in the faith?–I can only say with sadness that he missed an opportunity.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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