I just read that stuff about Olsteen. I don’t follow the news anymore, so I didn’t even know there was a problem.
In a way he’s right. But only in a small way. A very very small way.
Our Lord didn’t say, “Come be happy”. He said “Come and suffer and die with me”. And he made that point lot more often than he talked about happiness.
When he met with his disciples again, he didn’t chide them for their grief. Before he was crucified, he warned his disciples that they would have grief. But he assured them it would turn to joy. He urged them to have faith.
Remember how he told them the horrible things they would endure for his namesake. Does that sound like today’s teaching about joyous positive thinking?
Olsteen, you forgot about the brotherhood of suffering for the name of your Lord.
Hoorah for the broken hearts! Shame for the hearts who binge themselves on joy.
Integrity of faith is tested in the crucible of suffering. How some people miss that is beyond my understanding.
Research the English saying, “Stiff upper lip”. You’ll find it reflects an honor even a godless man can respect. How much more the servants of Christ?
Rule of thumb:
If a Christian teaching gathers a vast multitude of followers, be suspicious.