Prosperity theology (sometimes referred to as the prosperity gospel, the health and wealth gospel, or the gospel of success) is a religious belief among some Christians, who hold that financial blessing and physical well-being are always the will of God for them, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to religious causes will increase one’s material wealth. Prosperity theology views the Bible as a contract between God and humans: if humans have faith in God, he will deliver security and prosperity. – Wikipedia
The spectacularly wealthy megachurch pastor Joel Osteen wishes he had never heard of Hurricane Harvey. Maybe if we had all prayed harder Harvey would have turned to the right and gone somewhere else like hit those heathens in New Orleans. Instead it nailed Texas and made a mess and Joel Osteen hates a mess.
By now most of you have heard about the troubles Hurricane Harvey has caused Pastor Osteen. That he didn’t open the doors to his 16,800 seat church as a shelter until the social media world, to quote “our” President, rained “Fire and Fury” down on top of him. He offered a multitude of excuses and story changes over the course of a few days but what I firmly believe is that Osteen didn’t want all those wet, soggy and muddy people in his clean, shiny former basketball arena turned sanctuary.
Sanctuary, a word that means refuge, haven and harbor. I guess Osteen simply forgot what that word means. And while the people of Houston were wading waist deep in water Osteen was tweeting “God uses people to push you to where you’re supposed to be. Without them, you couldn’t fulfill your destiny.” Thanks Joel, God also uses people to help others. Rather than fulfilling our destiny how about giving people a towel and a warm meal.
We have a “prosperity” megachurch in our community run by a redneck version of Joel Osteen. What do I mean by a redneck version? He has all the same toys and trappings of wealth that Joel has, the monster houses, planes, and cars he just does his spill in designer jeans and tight t-shirts to show off his pecs and abs.
The message of “prosperity” is clear and concise, only God can reward you with financial success and good health if you believe with a positive attitude. Without it, well get ready for unemployment, poverty and illness. God is picky like that.
There is no empathy or compassion in the “prosperity” gospel beyond the boundaries of the other brothers and sisters that share this selfish message with each other. “We can’t help you” seems to be the sentiment, only God can. Apparently they skipped over the “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” part.
Yup, I bet Joel Osteen wishes he had never heard of Hurricane Harvey. But I have confidence that he will figure out away to polish this turd into a block of gold because that is the power of positive thinking, that is the power of his GOD!