Joel Osteen is a tough theological nut to crack. Christians love to love this guy and they love to hate him. They love his platitudes, but they don’t like his “cookie-cutter Gospel”. Personally, I see both sides of the argument, but I stop short of running the guy through the mud. I’ve never watched his show or read any of his books, but I did watch his interview with Oprah and he held his own even when it got uncomfortable. He earned some “Molebash Respect” that day.
Even though I’m not a regular follower of this guy, here’s what I know about Joel Osteen:
He’s a super happy guy. He’s happy all the time.
He’s emotional. He’s not afraid to cry. In fact, he’s known for breaking down into tears for no known reason.
He still has a mullet even though AC Slater cut his off years ago.
Regardless of his happiness, his emotions, and his mullet, there’s nothing about Joel Osteen that makes me think he’s not on the up-and-up. The worst thing you can say about the guy is that he preaches candy-coated messages. I can deal with that. At least he’s not selling prayer cloths dipped in holy water like a certain preacher who shall not be named*.