Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen doesn’t seem to like talking about gay issues but that doesn’t mean he can avoid it.
It was pointed out to Osteen in an interview with HuffPost Live on Monday (2 June) that at least some of 45,000 people are expected to see speak at Yankee Stadium on 7 June will be gay.
He was asked if gay marriage is against the fundamental ‘rules’ of Christianity.
Osteen said it is.
‘It would be, but I don’t really focus on a lot of those things,’ he said. ‘I try to stay in my lane of what I feel called to do. [Gay marriage] does come up in interviews and things, but that’s not my core message.’
Osteen once described homosexuality as ‘not God’s best work’ and has remained staunchly against same-sex marriage which is now legal in 19 US states plus the District of Columbia.
The televangelist and author is senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston which is the largest church in the US.
He said he tries to focus on such things as helping people to let go of the past, to raise good children and to achieve their dreams.
Osteen acknowledged that homosexuality is among the ‘issues’ faced by his church where ‘everybody’s welcome.’
‘But my take on it is it’s easy to make one issue – to become known for that or to let it sidetrack your message,’ he said.