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You know what I'm having trouble feeling right now? Sympathy.
An estimated $600,000 was stolen from Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church this weekend in Houston.
According to a statement sent to church members, someone allegedly stole cash, checks, and credit card information from the church safe, reported the Houston Chronicle, one of the first of many media outlets to cover the story.
For some reason, I am most strongly reminded of this verse from the Bible:
[H]ow can someone enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. (Matt. 12:29)
It was easy to clean out Osteen's church. There wasn't a strong man around.
I do feel for the people who have possibly had their banks accounts or credit cards compromised. As for Osteen himself, well, maybe if the prosperity-gospel huckster had had more faith, this wouldn't have happened. I'm sure the poor soul will have to go a whole extra week before he can polish his solid-gold house again.