During an appearance on HuffPost Live on Monday, Pastor Joel Osteen was asked whether gay marriage is “against the rules.” While Osteen made his opposition to gay marriage known, he also offered an important caveat.
“It would be [against the rules]… but I don’t really focus on a lot of those things,” Osteen said. “I try to stay in my lane of what I feel called to do. [The topic] does come up in interviews and things… that’s not my core message.”
Osteen explained that his core message is helping people let go of the past, reach their dreams, have a healthy self-image, and raise good children. While homosexuality is part of addressing life issues, the pastor said he doesn’t want to be defined by his views on the issue.
“Everybody’s welcome, but my take on it is, you know, it’s easy to make one issue — to become known for that or to let it side track your message,” he said. “If you look at our congregation... we all have issues, everybody’s on a journey.”
Watch Osteen’s comments below:
On radio this morning, Glenn reacted to Osteen’s response and the constant baiting those who hold a Christian view of marriage face.
“I can't listen to it anymore. Look what Joel Osteen is trying to do. A house divided against itself cannot stand,” Glenn said. “So who is the one who says, ‘Yes, I believe that. But even if there are people in my congregation who don't believe it, you can be happier than you are. You can be whole. You can have a good family. Let's start building on the things we agree on.’”
As Glenn explained, the media has a habit of trying to “trap” those who believe in traditional marriage whenever possible, but they seldom ask any other questions about the Bible or Christian views.
“Everyone in the mainstream media tries to trap any pastor, politician, athlete, and all Bible believers into that one question. Is that the only issue from the Bible that they will ever ask,” Glenn asked. “They don't ask, ‘Hey, what did Jesus say on the Sermon of the Mount?’ ‘What was his main message?’ ‘What did he mean when he said cast the first stone?’ ‘Pastor, do you really believe he rose from the dead?’ I mean there's a controversial thing. ‘Do you really believe he rose from the dead? And why would he have done that?’ They won't ask that question. It's ‘gay,’ ‘gay,’ ‘gay,’ ‘gay,’ ‘gay.’”
“That's all it is,” he concluded. “Is that the only question?”