Archive for April 9, 2009

joel-osteen-smileSo, Joel & Victoria Osteen have put on their riding boots, vanity glasses and crawled back on the “Me Express.”

This week has been a busy one for the Bobsie Twins, as they have left the hallowed halls of Lakewood for yet another whirlwind tour of “Hope-la” among the leering press. Indulgently, they carried on a few appearances not found in most churches:

Well, the gala expedition came to a close in a big way for those in the Church, not just his church. On Larry King Live discussing global events, hope for today and his own bible of the same name (yeah, not vain at all), his man crush on the Barackstar… and oh yeah, GAY MARRIAGE! Hit the CNN transcript:

King: Do you think that eventually many more states are going to allow same-sex marriage?

Joel Osteen: You know, I don’t know where it’s all going … I’d love to see it stay between a male and a female, not knocking anybody else.

King: Supposing there were more states that had it. What would be the harm?

Victoria Osteen: We really want to see marriage between a man and a woman. There [are] going to be people who get together and have relationships and have what they call their families. But I just think marriage should be sanctified by the church. It should be between a man and a woman.

King: Should a gay couple be allowed to adopt?

Joel Osteen: I think that, again, it’s best for a male and a female. I’m not saying that gay people aren’t good people. …

King: Or good parents.

Joel Osteen: Yeah, exactly. But again, I like to shoot for God’s best, and that is a father and a mother in the home. It doesn’t always happen. I know a lot of people raised by single parents. And you know what? We bless them and pray for them as well. But I think God’s best is a male and female.

So, there was a little bit of psychopablum and Jesus-lite in there seeing how we all “shoot for God’s best” (Oy!) but I have to give the pentecostal robot some love because he finally stands up for something rather than watching the pitch go flailing by. Larry King may be a curmudgeon, but he is still one cagey dude and he tried to stick Barbie & Ken in the corner. But, welcome back to reality, Joel! Become that “better you,” brother.

I love some of the PR training kicking in for Joel, “not knocking anybody else.” You know Joel, if you wanted to do something for your image, why not rock the Seinfeld and tell Larry, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that?!” Also, about the image phantasm, what’s with this taking on Pontiff Power (ta-dah!). “You bless them?!” Oooo-k.

Whatever the semantics, it’s refreshing to see a little bit of his amazing daddy sticking his pentecostal finger in the chest of the “agenda”. Pray for them, encourage them, love them into the kingdom, but make the difference between tolerance and acceptance. Be a man of God first, and a kitschy dork trying to pass off the cool, Euro pressed button down. Uh, not that there’s anything wrong with that.