I do not watch Joel Osteen or read his books, so it would be impossible for me to make a fully developed hypothesis on the matter, but something strange happened at a meeting on Monday.
We were sitting at an important meeting, while people evaluated a large event an organization I am part of put on a few weeks ago (is this vague enough?). One of the speakers at the event was a prominent businessman in the community. Every one was praising this man for his words and the manner in which he shared about the cause we were promoting.
In response he commented on the strength of the podium to hold him up and that he gained confidence and knew what to say based upon his weekly watching of Joel Osteen's program. What was interesting to me is the fact that this is a prominent Jewish businessman, active in his local synagogue.
So, does this mean that he is seeking Jesus and looking to Joel Osteen for guidance? Does this mean Joel Osteen crafts a message of the Gospel in such an attractive way that a faithful Jew would be intrigued? Or, is Joel's message one of such limited Gospel that anyone can watch it and not have to deal with the reality of Christ, while learning how to better himself?
I am not planning on answering this.