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Aug 30, 2017 by Will Maule

Does This Babylon Bee Article On Joel Osteen Go Too Far?

If you have been anywhere near the social media sphere these last few days, you will know that pastor Joel Osteen has been taking some serious flack for supposedly not immediately flinging wide the doors of his Church to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Whilst the details are sketchy, the Church has now confirmed that it is open and ready to shelter those who have been displaced by the flood waters. But has Christian satire website The Babylon Bee gone too far with an article they published yesterday entitled "Joel Osteen Sails Luxury Yacht Through Flooded Houston To Pass Out Copies Of ‘Your Best Life Now."?

"The megachurch pastor reportedly returned to the city on his luxury yacht “S.S. Blessed” to make amends Tuesday by tossing copies of Your Best Life Now to stranded flood survivors," the article reads. “Believe and declare you are coming into a shift!” Osteen yelled through a bullhorn, according to reports. “God wants His best for you! Enlarge your vision, develop a healthy self-image, and choose to be happy!”

Whilst obviously witty, does this sort of close-to-the-edge satire have any place in the sensitive aftermath of such a serious natural disaster? Sure, Christians should be allowed to poke fun at each other from time to time, but isn't this a little bit too much at this present moment? 

"Osteen also paused for brief photo ops with several families, the smiling pastor briefly allowing them to board his yacht as his professional photography team got shots of the pastor together with the sobbing, distraught flood victims, though the pastor was careful to not stand too close to the mud-caked refugees," the article continues. 

To me, that section appears to be laced with venom, if not bitter and resentful - something that, in my opinion, no-one needs at this time of dire need and hopelessness. Now is the time to encourage, to help, and to pray. 

What do you think?



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