Mande (mon - like the word on- day) is Spanish for "say what?" or "come again?".
or as I often say, "What the que?"
This morning I had the, eh hem, privilege of hearing a particular Mr. Joel Osteen confound me and confuse the word of God in an interview with local NBC news reporter Lauren Freeman.
If you are not familiar with who Mr. Osteen is, I shall call you blessed and tell you. He is the "pastor" of Lakewood, a church that is considered a mega-church here in Houston.
His second book "How to Become a Better You" goes on sale today, with a record setting 2.5 million pre-published.
The title alone would serve me fine as the Monday ¿Mande?, however I do have something else in mind.
During his interview with Lauren, clips were shown of him preaching sermons, reason being this is how he describes what his new book is about, his sermons, Lauren said "fleshed out" if you will. Ha, how apropos. During one of the clips he says:
¿Mande? You are in church and we are talking about God...tell me, just who is it that God is loyal to Mr. Osteen? Biblically speaking, mercy is not getting what you deserve.
As you can tell I am not a fan of Mr. Osteen (I am sure his multi-million dollar ministry is just crushed by that). I really struggle with so much of what he says and could post several pages worth about it. And I am sorry if I coming across mean here, however he really disturbs me to no end.
As my friend Sharon said, if you are looking for a self-help or motivational book this one will do great. However what he writes and what he 'preaches' are both marketed and packaged as "Christianity" and "Christian Living". And neither Mr. Osteen's books nor his sermons hold true to the Word of God, the true Gospel message.
And yet, he has such a large following from every corner around the world. Sad.
You can watch the entire interview here.
If you are a fan, I am open to discussing this with you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.