Tuesday, February 19, 2008
According to report appearing in Christian Post, Joel Osteen, best-selling author and pastor of the 47,000-member Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, has a strict policy of not allowing any politician or government office holder to speak in his church about politics. Osteen is reported as saying that while he would introduce from the pulpit any political candidate or office holder visiting his church, his comments would be limited to "only a brief introducion and a thank you for their service."
Pastor Osteen's view contrasts with those of many pastors across America who have allowed or invited the 2008 presidential candidates to speak in their pulpits. The Christian Post report concludes that
In a presidential race where being religious is an emblem of honor, candidates in both parties will surely continue to knock on the doors of pastors and their churches, although perhaps not at Osteen’s church.