Lakewood Church in Houston, Tx is the largest church in America. The pastor, Joel Osteen, was recently interviewed by Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson of NPR's "Here and Now".
“I have Muslims that attend our church and my books sell a lot in Muslim
countries as well. You know, I don’t know, I don’t get too deep in
those kinds of things, but our ministry is about reaching out to
everybody, and so I do and I do have those conversations. I had a whole
group of probably about 50 Muslims here at the service about two weeks
ago, sitting right on the front row. They came, and we have good, good
relations. And I think it’s again, part of our ministry is, you know,
our main theme is Jesus says love God with all your heart and love your
neighbor as you love yourself. And I don’t try to put people in a box –
OK, they’re Jewish or they’re Catholic, they’re this or they’re that. I
just say, ‘you know what, they’re somebody that God’s put in our path
for us to love,’ and that’s our philosophy.”
Joel, I think that's great, but don't you worry just a bit about security? I mean, do you have metal detectors at the doors? I know that most members of Islam that live in the US are moderate, but they would not be likely to darken a church door either. I just have this picture in my head of ISIS types casing your building for a couple of weeks and then puttin it to the congregation during the altar call. You are brave.
I guess that means that I do put people in a box. I'm sorry. I am all for getting the message out to our Islamic friends across the world, but if some of them walked into my church, I would have a concern. Perhaps I just watch too much news.
Question. Did any convert? Just wondering. Ye shall know them by their fruit. Just sayin.