There are many social medias in which I see a lot of 'inspirational' quotes from various preachers. They sound really good, uplifting, hopeful...and they ring false. I'm normally a very positive person, but I'm also a realist. The following quote is from Joyce Meyer (and I have no beef with her so don't misinterpret):
"It may be through small or big things, but God wants you to live an exciting, amazing life."
My first thought in reading was: Wow, really, is that so?
Lets examine this briefly. She seems to imply that the Christian life is a walk in the park, full of vibrant, happy days...where all your dreams come true.
Yet this is in stark contrast with what Jesus Christ said, namely that in this life we will have MANY trials (hardships, turbulence, etc.) We are not promised heaven on earth. We are warned about trials and tribulations in which an enemy is constantly trying to bring us down.
My next thought was: It's so easy for you to say this Joyce (or for that matter any other rich mega church pastor), you have everything. You don't worry about bills, loosing your home, food, having to work so much just to get by. (After all most of Americans are in that second class, namely not rich like her).
Personally, I'm tired of this false 'prosperity' preaching that tickles the ear and sounds so pleasant...that is false...and this is why so many Christians backslide in my opinion. Because these preachers talk about giving your ten percent and then God will richly bless you, and often it's the poorest of the poor who give their all and yet are left with nothing, and then wonder what's wrong with God... Let me tell you, nothing is wrong with God. You can't bribe God. Yes, there will be times when He will bless you. But there will be times when the enemy attacks you and tries to snatch you from God.
These prosperity preachers are like a false General in an army. This false 'General' preaches to his army that if they do all their training right, and go through all the right motions, then none of them will be wounded or killed in battle...in war. I give this analogy because we are in fact in a war against an invisible enemy that sometimes manifests himself through the harshest, bitter loss (of a loved one, home, etc), or perhaps through verbal attacks through others, or even abuse. We are in a war. In war, you have the possibility of getting wounded, even killed. These false 'Generals' make God's army weak, making Christians (the army battling against the principalities of darkness) expect an easy road, with no hardships, with a war already won simply by doing everything right. In a war, even if you do everything right, the enemy can still get to you (just ask anyone who has lost someone in the wars our country has faced). These false 'Generals' make God's people complacent.
A true 'General' would in fact warn his/her army of the dangers they face, the attacks and ambushes they may encounter, and of how to get strong enough where they can truly fight and counter evil.
So these rich preachers can talk their pretty talk, but when they are standing before God, I wonder, will they be found lacking with utterly poor and bankrupt souls?