MORGAN: Could you -- could you in your position actually actively encourage people to go through a same-sex marriage? Could you be seen to do -- could you be photographed at such an event?
J. OLSTEEN: Well, I would not...
MORGAN: Would that cause you problems.
J. OLSTEEN: Well, you know, there's -- it's such a hypothetical and I'm talking about...
MORGAN: Well, not really because you said lots of gay people go to your church so it might happen.
J. OLSTEEN: Well, I haven't been to many weddings lately to begin with and I'm talking about somebody that was, you know, dear to us. I'm not going to disrespect somebody that's dear to us and say, you know what, you're not good enough for us or something like that. That's the way that I would see it. Now, I'm not going to just run off and go attend, you know, certain marriages just to make a statement because that's not who I am and that's not what I stand for and, again, I don't look down on those people.
Although Joel did not directly answer the photograph question, the implication remains that apparently to the public, a picture really DOES say a thousand words about someone's associations and endorsements. Or at least, he seems to believe it says more than these words here on the page at CNN do. You can hem and haw verbally about gay marriage on national television, but hey, if we get a photograph at a gay wedding...
It's reality, folks... that's how messages are sent in today's society. Deal with it. I remember hearing a story about a particular prominent evangelical who refused to hug a female fan because of the chance someone could snap a picture. The reason was something along the lines of "one bad photo can really damage a ministry." (I can't verify who it was or the exact words, but if someone has an idea or source please let me know.)
Just an interesting note, the phrase "you know" appears about 141 times in the Joel Osteen section. Most of them are from Joel not as the proper subject and predicate of a sentence. Morgan says it about 15 of those times and in at least several of those, it is used as a normal subject and predicate. In the entire rest of the show it is used 7 times. It's really sad when a pastor speaks with the cadence and authority of a teenage girl.