It was deeply sad and tragic to learn about the massacre in Las Vegas. I immediately felt compassion for the many lives that were invaded with unimaginable sorrow. Then I wondered how many souls entered eternity unprepared to stand before God in judgment. As horrific as the destruction of physical life was, it is still more horrendous to think of the souls that entered eternity without Christ as their Lord and Savior.
As the hours went by, reports of Liberals taking advantage of the situation emerged. What deeply saddened me beyond the reality of scores of dead and hundreds wounded people was the bile oozing from some liberals. Instead of consolation, they took the opportunity to speak and write various inappropriate and even hateful remarks. I felt disgusted.
What is wrong with those individuals who speak and tweet heartless and vile statements about the victims of the Las Vegas massacre? After their rants enter the news stream, some of them apologized for what they said and wrote. They now believe all is well. But why did they do it in the first place?
They deliberately spewed or sat at a keyboard and wrote those horrific statements. There is no doubt that they knew the effect and consequences on grieving friends and relatives of the deceased and wounded. There are many households in mourning—Grandparents, Moms and Dads, brothers and sisters, children and other relatives and friends, all in immeasurable pain. Imagine them having to watch or read the news that along with the updates on the tragedy and learn about the heartless remarks of their fellow citizens,
Is the media being too hard on Joel Osteen? Perhaps, but he did choose to tweet religious platitudes instead of first revealing his plans to help. Secular people do not understand that tactic.
I cannot say regarding Osteen’s initial response that he is heartless. I can only point out that when you are highly popular, and you represent Christianity, it comes with a price. That price is that your every word and action is scrutinized. Everyone who seeks fame knows that is the price. Call it unfair if you wish, but it is the same for “haint” or saint.
That said, some Osteen apologists are slamming Christians for chastising Osteen. They claim the seats are bolted down in the sanctuary, which does not allow rooms for cots. I’d personally rather sleep in a padded chair than stand in floodwater. However, there are probably plenty of rooms attached to the sanctuary that have removable chairs. So bolted down chairs in the sanctuary is not an excuse. Now he has the appearance of responding to pressure rather than genuine compassion.
I think the reason Osteen did not present his plan to help the flood victims before he tweeted his religious cliché’s is because he didn’t think about it. Consider his past numerous whacky statements, the shallowness and heresy-ridden preaching, books filled with pabulum, association with Oprah Winfrey, et cetera. Obviously, we give him too much credit as a quick or deep thinker.
In all possibility, the failure Osteen is guilty of is not contacting his PR person before he responded to the disaster. Apparently, he has corrected that mistake. However, he will have a much more difficult task correcting public opinion of his absent compassion. A consolation is that he has a mansion he can sequester in until the storm passes by. Hopefully, he will deep think about his response to the crisis and realize that in such catastrophe actions speak. Without them words may be repelled as odoriferous.
People are becoming so flakey that they now insist that if I do not speak out concerning the Charlottesville incident I will be considered a “white supremacist” (or perhaps a “black racist”). I do not wish to indulge in fruitless word wrangling with individuals whose minds are cemented with their opinions. But if they insist…
The truth is, one cannot present any truth or balance whatsoever without a cadre of loutish-mouthed howlers insisting that he or she is a hater. Now about that term “hater.” It has been misused and overused so long that it is about as effective as calling a politician a liar.
Hate was no more the problem in Charlottesville than was racism, or politics, or the fashion statement of KKK cone-heads. Individuals would like for society to believe that hate was the motivation because it justifies their own hatred. They wish to own the exclusive right to hate, thus their actions are just. However, when people behave licentiously to indiscriminately destroy, kill, maim, rob, rape, and otherwise break the law, their character deficiency is far worse than hate.