Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston tells Newsmax TV in an interview that the lesson to be learned from the horrific events this week in Boston is “that every day is a gift from God.”
“We don’t have any guarantee for tomorrow,” Osteen told Newsmax TV on Friday. “I wish we’d all live to be 100, but we don’t know if that’s going to happen. So it teaches me, and I try to share with others, take time every day for your family and take time to be grateful, and don’t live the day discouraged and mad at somebody. Life is too precious to go through the day like that.”
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When asked about the pending same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court, Osteen said: “What I see in the Bible is marriage between a male and a female; not that we’re against anybody, but that will always be important to me.”
Osteen is heartened by the fact that lawmakers from both side of the aisle have come together in recent days to work on the tough problem of overhauling the nation's immigration system.
“I’m for good people getting together and coming up with some kind of common-sense answer because I don’t think we can keep it going,” he said. “Everybody agrees that it’s broken and I don’t know what the answer is. But I love the fact that good people are coming together from both sides, and let’s figure something out.”
Turning to the issue of religious freedom around the world, Osteen said he's concerned particularly about the attacks on the Christian faith in the Middle East. He said Christians there “face persecution and difficulties that I don’t have to face nearly like them here in America.”
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The Newsmax interview took place in Miami, Fla., where Osteen was preparing for an event tied to his Joel Osteen Ministries called “Night of Hope.” As his ministry travels around the country, it brings both a message of peace and volunteers ready to serve others.
“It’s a time where I’m able to share my message to try to inspire people, let them know that God is good, he’s on their side, that there are good days up ahead,” he said.
“When we come into these cities ... it’s easy for me to get up there and talk and that’s all great, but we like to bring volunteers to help the community,” he added.
“I call it where the rubber meets the road. Feeding the poor, cleaning up the schools, or just anything we can do to improve the community,” Osteen said.
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