We have talked several times about Dave Ramsey, monetary guru of Christianity. I have been wandering around the Dave Ramsey Web site and I see a great deal of information on debt management, how to get out of debt, and how to stay out of debt. This man is important in America today. I called him the ‘monetary guru of Christianity’ because he offers ideas like setting up a financial counseling ministry at your church. There is another Christian capitalist gun slinger in town, his name is Joel Osteen.
While Ramsey’s focus is on money management in the context of Christianity, Osteen’s focus is on Christianity in the context of money management. Ramsey is an important person in the world of John Doe finances, stressing the need to get out of debt – and offering specific strategies to help with that endeavor.
Joel Osteen looks at the other side of finance – that of wealth and riches. Osteen is first a minister, a preacher, an evangelist. He has focused his message on the spiritual health of abundance, as noted here:
“God desires that you be so blessed that you can turn around and be a blessing everywhere you go! He wants you to have so much peace, so much joy, so much victory that when other people get around you it spills over onto them! In the book of Psalms, David said, “My cup runs over.” He was overflowing with the anointing—the tangible, effective power of God. Too many people today have a barely-get-by-mentality. They settle for thoughts like, “I can barely pay my bills…I have an okay job…I have an okay marriage.” But Jesus came so we can live an abundant life! That means an abundance of joy, an abundance of peace, an abundance of health, an abundance of finances.” From his book “Living the Abundant Life.”
These are interesting men in an interesting time. They are each valuable in our society. Each of their messages can be taken to extremes.
What I know about these men is limited to what is available on their Web sites. I would be interested to hear from people who actually practice some of Ramsey and Osteen’s philosophies.