Joel Osteen wavers, his Brother-in-Law doesn’t
August 16, 2007 35 Comments
This post is not meant as an attack on Joel Osteen, and if it comes across as this, my apologies in advance, and yes I have attended services at Lakewood Church.
Some time ago, my wife and I were tuned in to Texas Monthly Talks on KUHT (the local PBS station) as editor Evan Smith interviewed Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen who at the time was promoting his best-selling book (click here to download the interview).
Osteen looked uncomfortable at times especially when Smith’s questions were of a controversial nature. Osteen has a propensity to waver in the face of tough questions which have even tougher answers, tougher to those who are unable to appraise them.
Inevitably, Smith asked for Osteen’s take on so-called “gay marriage” (around on 7:40 on the mp3). If you can believe it, this is what transpired:
Smith: Let’s talk about gay marriage, for instance, because obviously the church played a very large role in driving the discussion over gar marriage. A lot of people of faith are opposed to it for moral reasons, and I wonder if your church or if you personally have talked on this subject or feel that the church ought to have a place in talking about, say that issue or abortion, another issue that has tended to divide people along religious lines.
Osteen: Yeah… You know it’s interesting Evan, I’m new at this, been doing it for 5 years. My dad was never political and we’ve just never been political. It’s just not in me, I’m just for everybody.
I know there’s right and there’s wrong and there’s people that are called to that and I know that church and certain leaders are called to take a stand on that, but you know what? I just have not…
Smith: You just soon not do that…
Osteen: No, I’m just for people
Of utmost interest was the fact that even though it’s not in him to ‘be political’ his response to Smith’s inquiry was incredibly political.
I do not know what Joel’s stance on homosexuality is, but according to this article, his brother-in-law’s (Rev. Gary Simons) church, High Point Church in Dallas, is taking heat from the homosexual community for refusing to hold funeral services for a deceased gay man. On the grounds that the funeral as the family wants to do it allegedly promotes the homosexual lifestyle,
“It became clear to the church staff that the family was requesting an openly homosexual service at High Point Church – which is not our policy to allow,” said the church’s statement.
“Allowing an openly homosexual service in our facility would condone homosexuality as a lifestyle,” read the statement. “We could not allow the homosexual lifestyle to be celebrated, flaunted or glorified in our church facility. We could not put inappropriate images on our screens or subject our members and possibly even our children to an openly homosexual service. We cannot condone what the Word of God condemns.”
The last sentence is very interesting, in light of Osteen’s comments above, where he practically equates homosexuality (in the context of so-called “gay marriage”) and its acceptance/rejection as a political exercise.
I wonder if Reverend Simons has discussed with Joel Osteen, his famous brother-in-law, the serious lapse in judgment which he displays on local as well as national television (no, I am not referring to his sermons).