“Who would want to get in on something where you’re miserable, poor, broke and ugly and you just have to muddle through until you get to heaven?” asks Joyce Meyer, a popular television preacher and author often lumped in the Prosperity Lite camp. “I believe God wants to give us nice things.”
This quote comes from a Time magazine article called “Does God want you to be rich?” – you can read it in full here. Now I have heard good things about Joyce Meyer as a preacher, but I have to say that if this quote is accurate, it leaves a lot to be desired. Now I know that prosperity doctrine is alive and well in west, and financial success appears to metered out by God’s grand ATM in the sky where your deposits and a good measure of faith increase your withdrawals, but since when did our physical attributes get lumped in this fantasy land of theology? Does this mean that as a Christian who does not espouse prosperity doctrine, I am destined to be miserable, poor, broke, and now ugly? Maybe because I can’t afford liposuction, a personal trainer / dietician and a nose job…. Sign up for Jesus, so you too can be beautiful, happy and rich? Whatever happened to taking up your cross and following Jesus? Metaphoric of course. The first is certainly a more appealing advertising slogan, but it just doesn’t match up the Jesus I read about in the gospels, the Jesus I have dedicated my life to following and serving as best I can. Over at the green book Ruth has been reflecting on taking the beautiful things of Christianity and discarding the rest, and prosperity doctrine of this ilk sounds exactly like that.
Sorry for the sarcasm of this post. As you may have gathered, I feel rather strongly about this!