This title is about a post today at Christianpost.com. I’m not sure I paraphrased it exactly right, but that’s how I read it.
The post reflects what in sports metaphor is “sharp elbows”, a basketball term. This is not about basketball, it’s about religion.
Joel Osteen, the very popular preacher, says the God/Jesus wants everyone to think well of themselves. The God wants you to be prosperous and enjoy it.
The attached article, aimed at Osteen, says something else. The correct Christian message is not about feeling good. It is about sin and the forgiveness of sin and not much else.
Thus, this view says, people who say accepting the faith took them from being miserable to being happy are misinterpreting things. They have merely been forgiven for their sins, period. Jesus wanting them to be Osteen happy about their lives is not part of the deal.
Part of this, too, is whether or not their is a hell that punishes sinners. Osteen’s view of the faith omits this downer message.
Both sides can quote scripture to defend what they preach. The sharp elbows come into the picture when on side starts making inroad into the others market. That seems to be happening.
The Osteen and Osteen clones have huge and, apparently, growing fans. Their message is uplifting and popular. The Christian Bible leaves open the question of who is right.
Even when sharp elbows are used, there is no ref to blow a whistle.