Something interesting from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach:
Last week, CBS’s Sixty Minutes did a profile on American mega-pastor Joel Osteen and his prosperity theology. His sermons focus on how worship of God brings material blessing.That is a positive message, and I salute him. But it can easily spill over into ungodly superstition, and it explains the great conundrum of modern religion: that our faith is not necessarily making us into better people. How could it, seeing that religion is no longer about righteousness but success, no longer about God but about us, no longer about selflessness but our own material needs?
To inversely paraphrase John F. Kennedy, what so many religious leaders today are essentially saying is, “Ask not what you can do for God; ask what God can do for you.”
Full Article (Jerusalem Post)
For at least part of this article, Shmuley and I are on the same page (I’m sure you can easily figure out where he loses me). Christianity, as I’ve long complained, has become a self-help religion. That was never its intent, and it’s about time for an authentic Christian voice to say so!