Somehow, all the kids in my youth group love to bring up Joel Osteen just to see how I handle it. They know that I completely disagree with his philosophy of ministry and his approach to evangelism, so they love to bring him up in conversations. Well, my buddy has a new book “Become a Better You”. My favorite part comes without even opening the book when you see that Joel used the same photographer that takes the senior pictures for the local high school yearbooks.
In this great piece of non-fiction, Joel presents 7 keys to becoming a better you. Don’t you just love that vague goal? At what point do you know you have fully become a better you? What is the better you? What is ‘better’? Should you want to become a ‘better you’? Verse and chapter please, Joel.
So here are the seven keys:
1. Keep pressing forward. I would love to read this book to see how he defines ‘forward’. What is it that we are pressing forward to. The upward call that is in Christ Jesus?
2. Be positive toward yourself. About what? Your sin? And how vague is this?! This also sounds a little bit like “the Secret” which encourages people to remain positive and visualize good things.
3. Develop better relationships. Biblical relationships, Joel? Because that would call for discipleship that takes sin seriously, church discipline, which you would be against. Better relationships would mean Christ-centered preaching and conversation.
4. Form better habits. Habits of my flesh or habits of my Savior? Because if I were to become a better me, that would not entail focusing on Christ, but focusing on me.
5. Embrace the place where you are. Whaaaaaa? Is this to be combined with “Keep Pressing Forward”. Remain where you are, but press forward. Is this place geographical or metaphorical?
6. Develop your inner life. Wow, Joel just can’t say “Christian”. Is this justification or sanctification? He’s just so general and vague, and packaged to appeal to the biggest audience possible. It’s so sad that he’s so unwilling to take a stand and speak the truth, and goes for the middle ground when it comes to something that is so important and central.
7. Stay passionate about life. Or…. stay passionate about CHRIST!!!!! Why does he find it so hard to say ‘Christ’ or ‘sin’ or ‘justification’.