My middle-school buddy Michael posted a link on Facebook from the Huffington Post. Here’s the good stuff:
Victoria Osteen, the co-pastor of the Lakewood megachurch with her husband Joel Osteen, spoke to HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill about the spiritual benefits of fasting and addressed the kind of prayer that she does in her daily life.
“Even if I’m going to drop my kids off, or I need to park somewhere, I’m like, ‘OK God, you know I’m in this parking lot, you know any place you can open up for me would be great!’ ” she said. “I just have this relationship — I’m not dumbing down prayer. What I’m doing — it’s just part of my life.”
So let me understand this. She’s sending a request to god, the supreme being in the universe, indeed the creator of the universe itself, and requests that, in amongst running the universe and other important things like saving people, he/she make a parking spot available because she’s dropping off her kids. Talk about self-absorbed. I would think that god would not look kindly upon such parasitic prayer, and appreciate followers who had enough initiative to take care of the details, saving the important requests for prayer.
Then again, god, being god, surely has a mute switch for that kind of thing.
The President of the United States should be glad he’s got rings of security around him, or else Mrs. Osteen would barge in on a visit from a foreign national because she’s got a really quick question about her tax return. It’s just part of her life, after all.
But hey, that’s just me. I’m looking at this one from the outside. And laughing.