What Would Jesus Do?
Would he want his followers to buy a $10 million mansion like this?
Consider this from Matthew 25- “For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink.”
The only reason I’m taking the time to write about Joel Osteen again is because he is pronouncing homosexuality a “sin”, while he blatantly disobeys the command of Christ for Christians to live a life of moderation and selflessness. He’s living a VERY lavish lifestyle, while as a disciple of Christ he is called to sell “ALL” his possessions and give to the poor. Luke 14:33
”To be content with what you have”. Hebrews 13:5
“Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? James 2:5
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out . And having food and clothing let us be content with that.” I Timothy 6:8
“Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.” Proverbs 30:8
Joel to Oprah: “I believe that homosexuality is shown as a sin in the scripture.”
You can watch the Oprah clip here: http://youtu.be/RTl1YLI8C5g
It’s quite convenient that Joel interprets some of the Bible literally when it comes to homosexuality, but easily wiggles himself out of other verses that fit his particular situation.
I believe that extreme wealth for a disciple of Christ, is shown as SIN in the scripture.
“…none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up everything he has”. Luke 14:33
“If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor and you will have riches in heaven”. (Matt. 19:21)
“Sell your possessions and give alms”. Luke 12:33
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt,…. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…. for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. Matt. 6:19-21
“You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24
In this same Oprah interview Joel Osteen called himself a “big giver”. But Jesus taught that you should NOT give out of your wealth, but out of sacrifice. Otherwise, it’s meaningless.
Mark Chapter 12… Widows Mite story:
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
Even the Old Testament taught this principle of not offering God something that costs you nothing in II Samuel 24:24.
Let’s be honest Joel, the $10 million dollar mansion that you live in, could be sold for a more modest house. Do you honestly think that God is pleased with you offering a fraction of what you make, living with much more than you need?
Is it not more Christ-like to live in even just a $ 1 Million dollar home or how about a $500,000. home?
I believe that the Bible must be taken in its entirety, and without selective literalism. My point in all of this is that you have no right to call homosexuality a sin, based on the Bible, while you yourself are not following the Bible’s teachings.
All in all, I personally think the Bible has some good, some bad, but that it was written by human hands. But you claim to be a “Christ”-ian, so please live up to the name. Ask yourself WWJD?
If you want to live like a real “Christ”-ian, I suggest you study the ministry of Keith Green, a fellow Texan, who refused to charge for his concerts or make money off of his record deals; opting instead to help the homeless, sick and downtrodden with the income God had blessed him with. You’d be a lot more credible if you lived this way. Instead you are using your Christian books, not as a ministry, but as a business. You are selling a feel good, twisted version of Christ’s gospel. WWJD?