There was a time in 2nd grade when I wrote a note asking Santa if he could wake me up so me and him could eat turtle brownies together. But that didn't pan out. Because we didn't have any pans. But aside from that, I've never had the Pope over. If he did I'd probably make a joke about the time Jesus asked the religious people to throw the first stone if they were without sin and then someone throws a stone and Jesus says, "Stop it mom."
No famous people would want to come to my house. I don't have anything to offer them other than some left overs and a frozen yogurt stick. There's nothing in me that a famous person would want to take time out and talk with me.
When I first started writing things on here it was just an avenue to throw out things I thought about and what I believed. And when I first started, people who were along the similar thought process in Christianity enjoyed it. But then if I threw in something they didn't agree with, they hated my blog and didn't like me (I know that sounds very whiny), I'm just pointing out what I experienced. I remember a guy liked the stuff I used to write and then a few years later told me to repent and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. I said, "Huh?" What changed from then until now?
It reminded me of when George bought a cashmere sweater and everyone who put it on noticed a little red dot and didn't want it anymore. It wasn't perfect so they discarded the whole sweater.
A couple of weeks ago Joel and Victoria Osteen were in the media because she made a few comments of how when we're serving God, we do it for ourselves and God just wants us to be happy. And I see how typical evangelical Christians don't like that thought process. Like, "It sounds too much me and not enough God." I get it.
But then I think about the time the disciples were tattling on another man. They came up to Jesus and said, "Jesus, there's this guy, he's casting out demons in your name. We tried to stop him because he wasn't one of us." And Jesus just said, "Don't stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you."
Is Joel's theology perfect? I bet it's not. Is anyone's theology perfect and all figured out? I would bet everything that not everyone has it all figured out.
Do people misspeak sometimes? Do people misspeak when they're in front of crowds and especially when they're on tv?
And if you're a parent, don't you want your kids to be happy? Within reason of course, but generally we want our kids to be happy. And I think God wants us to be happy too.
I've written this before but I think we don't like Joel Osteen because he is successful and he has a lot of people coming to his church and they don't go to our church. And it's always strange when I hear people say, particularly when not a lot of people show up to a church event, "Well, that's okay, we're not a numbers church." But a week later when a lot of people come we say, "Praise God, we had so many people, He's doing amazing things!" Why isn't God doing amazing things when all those people show up at the church Joel is managing for God?
Christians say that it's all God and we do nothing for salvation. I believe that. I have my ticket for that train. But I don't think we necessarily believe that. We subconsciously think you have to believe in a certain way. If it's off from how I believe, it's not genuine. And when it comes to Joel, we think he's a heretic or a bad preacher because what he says is too easy. But Jesus told people all around him stuff like, blessed are those who mourn, because you will be comforted. Or he would tell people, blessed are the pure in heart because you'll see God.
It's the same reason why we don't like Oprah. It's because she's New Age-y and we don't like that. We're not quite sure what that means exactly but we know she's going to hell fast in one of those cars she gives away.
But Joel invited her over for dinner once.
Oprah wouldn't ever come to my church. We have nothing to offer her. But she saw something in Joel and his church that she wanted to experience and that is awesome. Joel used his money and influence to have one of those crazy-lost-going-to-hell-new-agers to eat food with and talk. And we're saying he has bad theology?
I guess I'm trying to say that we need to invite more people over for dinner.