Friday, February 4, 2011

What He Knows

I don't particularly care what Christian pa$tor Joel Osteen's views about anything are. But, because he undoubtedly influences millions of Americans, I will address his recent statements regarding homosexuality. When asked whether it was a sin, he responded:

“'Yes, I’ve always believed it,' stated the megachurch pastor. 'The scripture shows that it’s a sin.'
'I’m not one of those to bash homosexuals and tell them they’re terrible people and all that. Sometimes the church focuses on one issue or two issues and there are plenty of other ones. So I don’t believe homosexuality is God’s best for a person’s life. I mean sin means to miss the mark.'"

Okay. That's hardly an unusual position for an evangelical Christian to take. Are we all surprised by this? The interview continued, though:

"Addressing the topic of good and evil, Morgan asked Osteen if he thought that Adolf Hitler was evil, or if there was any good in a man like that. Characteristic of the glass half-full pastor, Osteen deflected the question by pretending not to know it all.

What a sad state of discourse, not to mention of Osteen's brand of Christianity, when a self-appointed Christian prophet is less certain about the evilness of Hitler than he is about the evilness of love.

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