Joel Osteen on Gay MarriageA reporter recently asked Joel Osteen, pastor of the largest church in America, what he thought of homosexuality, and he said, "I don't think it's God's best,"... "I never feel like homosexuality is God's best." But, the Pastor went on to say that he doesn't feel like homosexuality is his issue and that all people should know that God is here for them.
I, of course, disagree with Joel about being gay not being "God's best," but I'm glad to see his qualification later. My stance has always been that if gay is a sin like any other, why are so many people paying so much attention to the issue, especially when all the negative attention serves to do no more than push gay Christians away from the church. So kudos to Joel Osteen for sticking to his beliefs while still remembering to witness about God's love.
Unfortunately, the Southern Baptist Seminary President thought Osteen's remarks of love were so blasphemous that he called them "simply pathetic" and chided Joel for not being more judgemental (he really said that). Maybe sending gays to hell is in the President's plan, 'cause he's certainly not helping any gays get to heaven with an attitude like that. My question is: Does he care?
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On a side note- for those of you not familiar with Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church, which is in my hometown, the church is so big it now occupies the arena where the Houston Rockets once played. They actually had to build more seats to when they bought the arena to accommodate their tens of thousands of members, though.