No, not Joel Osteen by himself, but every single, televangelist, and mega church leader. The gospel of wealth is everywhere. The mythical old man in the sky will highly favor you, if you believe in him enough. All you have to do is pray hard enough, have enough faith, and believe in what your evangelical pastor says, and you will be showered with personal wealth. After all, your personal god wants you to have personal wealth. According to Osteen this morning during his Sunday service, god has a “thousand blessings” in store for you, and all you have to do is ask hard enough, and you can get a “thousand blessings in one day.”
Joel Osteen and other televangelists make their money, and I’m talking millions, by selling their books of revelatory, simplistic logic centered around a god who is akin to a Santa Claus for grown ups. If you’ve been a good boy and girl, god will give you everything you could ever imagine. How do you prove to go that you’ve been a good boy or girl? Why, it’s simple. You follow the televangelists program. You buy his or her books and DVDs, you study their manuals in Sunday school, and you give abundantly to the church. The more you give, the greater the church’s missions and the greater the blessings bestowed on you.
It is true that a fool and his money will soon be parted, but I am looking forward to the Richard Dawkins’ Foundations expose/documentary on how much wealth these criminals have taken from the easily confused and misled sheep who give them money.
The only person who’s wealth is increasing is the televangelist’s. The congregation might feel better after a three-hour service, but the high is only temporary, and they have to return several times a week to hear the “good news” that god favors them, and wants them to be happy, wealthy and blessed in every way imaginable.
Here is my wish:
I wish that in my life-time, religion will be relegated to the fringes of society.
Religion has no place in a rational society, and only hinders progress. We all suffer from laws imposed by religious fundamentalists. Religion has no place in politics, schools, the work place, and I’d go so far as saying that we should evolve past the need for a religion.