I heard on the news the other day about a frivolous lawsuit that has been brought against Victoria Osteen, wife of world famous mega church pastor Joel Osteen. A flight attendant is suing Osteen for 10% of her net worth due to an incident that took place on a Continental flight some time ago. I absolutely hate all these frivolous lawsuits that take place in our society and have caused us to become a politically correct, neurotic people. But this posting is not about that. It’s about something the church needs to start waking up to and correcting.
The first thing that caught my attention about this story is that the Osteens are involved. I am no fan of mega churches and especially no fan of the Osteens. Anyone who watches more than five minutes of Joel Osteen’s drivel with an open Bible knows that he is a false teacher – just one of many who parade around our television sets. His flashy smile and fancy suits don’t fool me. Nor does his overly positive message of prosperity and constant goodness. This guy should be spiritual counsel for Barack Obama because they share that in common: Empty words that make you feel good.
The second thing that caught my attention is where this incident took place on the airplane. It was in first class because that is where the Osteens were seated. So I ask Victoria, what would Jesus do? Does anyone believe that Jesus would fly first class away from those lesser people in coach? Does anyone believe that Jesus would be irresponsible with the tithes that people send Him to spend it on something frivolous like first class? Do the people who send the Osteens money expect that money to be used in furthering the Gospel or pampering the Osteens’ bloated lifestyle? I believe Jesus would conduct Himself on earth today as He did when He was here: sitting with the dredges of society like the prostitutes, tax collectors and poor and ministering to them because they need Him unlike the Osteens who believe they can save themselves and have become their own gods. Did Jesus not say that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than a rich man to go to Heaven? I see why.
Then we come to the actual incident. I guess poor Victoria Osteen found a stain on the armrest of her first class seat. I can imagine her indignation as she called the flight attendant Sharon Brown over to give her special treatment and clean this mess up now. Osteen did not receive the attention she wanted and according to Brown and another flight attendant, Maria Johnson, Osteen became verbally abd physically abusive and grabbed Brown by the shoulders, elbowed her in the chest and pushed her out of the way as she made for the cockpit. Joel Osteen says no such thing occured and that his wife did not raise her voice, but later had to admit that he could not actually hear his wife’s voice from where he was sitting. Joel, does that count as lying? The flight attendants asked to have the Osteens removed, although the Osteens say they left voluntarily. Now if this was just some little thing like Joel Osteen claims, why would they leave the flight either voluntarily or not. That’s like saying that you asked for a pillow and when you had to ask again, the flight attendant asks you to get off the plane. The Osteens also paid a $ 3,000 fine which screams to me guilt. They say they did it to put incident behind them, but if I didn’t do anything wrong and I’m a public figure, I’m going to fight it. That’s alot of money too…well…at least to little coach riding me.
Is this any way to represent Christ on earth? Christians are the only example that the world has of Christ since He has not returned yet. As a public figure, you are under more scrutiny and better watch your Ps and Qs. As a teacher for God, the Bible says that you will be judged more harshly. Perhaps the Osteens haven’t read their Bibles for awhile. Perhaps they have never seen the Beatitudes in Matthew that call us to be peaceful, humble and meek. Pride before the fall. How many of these preachers need to fall before gullible people stop sending them their money? If it tickles your ears people, then it probably is not a message from God. As your finances go down and you struggle, these people like the Osteens, Paula White, T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn and Joyce Meyers buy their big mutli-million dollar homes and build media empires.
So Victoria Osteen, I ask you what would Jesus do? Or maybe the question you should really ponder is, where will you spend eternity? Will God say, “Well done good and faithful servant” or will He say, “I never knew you”?