New Insights about Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen has been the butt of many mean spirited jokes and memes lately. He has even been dubbed and “Fake Christian”. Some of the people who are engaged in these activities are not Christians. Others are Christians. Those Christians who are engaged in these mean spirited activities are not acting like Christians. Those who are not Christians are not acting in a way that follows the teachings of their faith either.

To be sure, Joel Osteen did not  act like a Christian when he didn’t offer his church as shelter for his neighbors in need. I am sure that he realizes what he did was wrong.  I am sure that he will learn from this mistake because, he is, after all, a smart man. I am also sure that Joel Osteen is a good man. Not offering his church to his neighbors was an error in judgement, not a calculated, mean spirited decision.

Joel Osteen Preaches in a positive, uplifting way. He talks about the blessings that God has for each of us. He often talks about forgiveness and redemption. I believe that Joel Osteen deserves our forgiveness and he deserves redemption through The actions that he is now taking and will likely take in the future.

Joel Osteen is an imperfect human being and he has an awful lot of company. In the Holy Bible Jesus said “Let him that is without sin cast the first stone.” Those who have been casting stones at Joel Osteen should consider examining their own lives and see if they are without sin. They should examine their own actions and decide if they truly acted in a way that is in alignment with their faith. Did they act in a way that would please God? Those who truly follow the teachings of Jesus wouldn’t join the feeding frenzy or the angry mob that drove the “Rain Vengeance Upon Joel Osteen bandwagon. They do not sit in judgement of others for they know that judgement is reserved for God.

Joel Osteen and his church may feel more heat and take a financial hit from this fiasco in the short term but if Mr. Osteen is shunned and his voice is forever silenced over this that would truly be a tragedy on multiple levels. Not only for him but for people of faith everywhere as well. It would be a tragedy because Joel Osteen is a powerful, positive voice in the world faith community. It would be a tragedy because the things he talks about and the way he says them need to be heard. It would be a tragedy because the forgiveness that is put forth by all faiths wasn’t afforded to a person of faith by the community of faith and what would that say about the community of faith?

This entire episode should teach us that not all Christians act like Christians all of the time. Not Mr. Osteen and not his detractors either. The lesson that this episode is meant to teach us is that we are all imperfect human beings and it is only through forgiveness that we can heal, move on and get closer to God.

In True Faith,

The Prophet of Life

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The Washington D.C. Navy Yard Shootings

By The Prophet of Life

 

A typical Monday morning. People are walking through the first floor atrium at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. Two men chat about a project as they walk briskly. Another man smiles at a pretty girl walking in his direction. Another man takes a sip of a cup of coffee, a ritual that signals a farewell to the weekend and beginning of another work week.  Suddenly, shots ring out.

A man falls to the floor. People start running in all directions, some dive for cover. A security guard, noticing that the shots were coming from above, tells others to run out of the area as fast as they can. People in the building lock exterior doors to their offices and hide inside offices, some barricading doors.

Shots continue to ring out as military people and police converge on the building where the shots are being fired. Then, a policeman returns fire as the gunman shoots at him. The gunman is hit and falls to the ground. The 6’1” African American gunman is identified as Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth Texas, is lying dead with an AR15 Assault Rifle and shotgun nearby and a semi-automatic pistol at his side. He killed 12 other people and injured numerous others before the policeman’s bullet ended his shooting spree.

FBI officials couldn’t find him on any social media. Security cameras caught Alexis entering the building shortly before the shooting. There may be additional footage on other security cameras that were operating during the attack. There is very little information on Alexis including any links to terrorist organizations. Alexis’ motive for the shootings is presently unknown. There is footage of an African American male about 50 years of age, carrying a gun but it is uncertain if this is another shooter or someone coming to the rescue.

Alexis joined the U.S. Navy in 2007. He was a Avionics Electrician. While in the military he was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He also had some discipline problems while in the military. He was discharged in 2011. Alexia had two weapons related charges with law enforcement. One in 2004 for shooting the tires out on a car and one in 2010 for discharging a gun into his ceiling. Alexis sought help for mental issues with the Veternan’s Administrastion. He also had a run in with police in the weeks before the shooting spree, where he stated that he heard voices and felt people were following him and sending vibrations through his body preventing him from sleeping at night. He had been working as a sub contractor in the same building where he commited his shooting spree, about a week before the incident. Co-workers who remember him recall that he seemed to be on an even keel. This is America’s 119th mass shooting since President Obama first took office. We pray for the victims.

In True Faith,

The Prophet of Life