a Greg Burts' blog continued on by Alphonso Farquharson
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
“Positive Thinking” Theology
When I saw this picture juxtiposing Joel Osteen's book of positive thinking with suffering children, I knew I had to write a post about it. Even though a picture is worth a 1,000 words, I will add a few of my own.
The message of Joel Osteen's book "Everyday a Friday" is that if we live our lives with a more positive and optimist spirit, we will be happier (think TGIF). Tell that to the starving children of Africa, for whom everyday is one of misery, despair, and death.
Sound Bible teaching must be applicable to rich and poor, and to powerful and marginalized alike: the true gospel message must be relevant to all peoples and cultures. The message of prosperity and positive thinking may look good on a greeting card, but it is shamefully lacking in sound doctrine and good exegesis (1 Tim 1:10; 2 Tim. 2:15).