Watch this brief video clip:
These guys were really rude!
When I first heard this story last week I thought : "Oh, no! Was this terrorism?"
My attitude changed from concern to disgust when I learned that those who had done the heckling were FROM ANOTHER CHURCH! I have concerns and questions about Joel Osteen's ministry but I cannot imagine going to his church to heckle him!
God help us!
This is an example of the sort of behavior Paul had in mind when he wrote to the Christians at Corinth: "It (love) does not dishonor others, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs." I Corinthians 13:5
The whole point of I Corinthians 13:4-8 is the necessity of love within the Church of Jesus Christ. Implied in this teaching is that everything that Christians do in the Church or in the name of the Church MUST be done in love and love is NOT rude, nor is it SELF-SEEKING, nor is it IRRITABLE, nor does it hold a GRUDGE.
So, let's examine the behavior of these six hecklers who claim to be fellow Christians.
Was this heckling action during a Christian worship service rude?
Was this heckling action designed to call attention to themselves?
Did this heckling appear to be inspired by anger?
Could these actions have been motivated a grudge against Pastor Osteen?
If the answer to any of these questions is, "Yes!", then their actions are not motivated by love and are under the rebuke of St. Paul!
Someone once opined, "Christians are the only army that shoots their own wounded."
This is a case in point.
God help us!
"Love behaves like it believes."