Joel Osteen is making news for his interview with much-hyped Larry King replacement Piers Morgan. Osteen is not particularly good in an interview, particularly when the discussion delves into sensitive topics. He gets a little too soft and he looked lost when pressed to explain his positions. But I’ve got to give the megapastor some credit for doing something he rarely does—he admitted that there is sin. That’s the news for his evangelical critics. The news for mainstream media is that he called homosexuality a sin, or specifically, he said that “Scripture shows that it is a sin.”
It’s important to note that Morgan was looking for a fight; Osteen didn’t bring up the topic of homosexuality or even same-sex marriage. And Morgan tried to make it personal by invoking Elton John. That has produced headline such as: “Joel Osteen calls Elton John a sinner.” There’s a news flash. If there was any level of biblical literacy in the media, headline writers would know that the Bible says that “all of have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” I am a sinner. You are a sinner. And yes, new father Elton too.
Watch the interview. Osteen points out that there are a lot of sins, such as pride, and that he’s not singling out homosexuals. That’s not good enough for his interview, but it’s a lot better than a lot of belligerent pastors who have proceeded him.
I think we can score one for Osteen.
What do you think?