Every Day a Friday

Joel Osteen’s latest book is about being happy. Osteen cites a recent study that found that “happiness increases 10 percent on Fridays . . . I challenge you to let every day be a Friday.”

The book takes you through seven ways to increase happiness in your life so you can “choose happiness.”

Since the weekend is coming, people decide to be happier on Friday, why not make that choice daily?

I am not opposed to a Christian telling people to make every day a Friday, but there is irony in telling people to make every day a Friday because Fridays are so happy.

There’s this pivotal event that happened on a Friday according to Christian tradition. On a certain Friday, commonly referred to as “Good Friday,” the Son of God, a man of sorrow acquainted with grief, suffered and died for the sin of the world.

If Osteen told people to make every day a Friday just like the Friday Jesus had on Good Friday, I’d be all for this book. We should die daily, take up our cross, put to death the deeds of the flesh and be crucified with Christ. I’m all for that message.

Instead, Osteen takes the humanisticly pleasing message “celebrate yourself!” and choose to be happy. Imagine if Christ had read this book on Maundy Thursday? I can think of more happy ways to spend my Friday than dying on a cross for others’ sins.

6 thoughts on “Every Day a Friday”

  1. The man’s theology is an inch deep, and a mile wide, it’s one that appeals to our flesh. But I would agree with a theology of making everyday a Sunday.

    “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”- John 19:30

    Christianity is the only faith that says- the work has been done, all other religions say “get to work.”

    Christ has completed the task of defeating sin, and conquering death, our part is to trust in Him, period.

    We in our efforts apart from Christ can do nothing to earn salvation, our good works only show that we indeed have Christ working through us.

    Three words for weary souls- “It is finished.” Make everyday a Sunday.

  2. I hear what you’re saying. I’d agree that resurrection plays a central role, which is also why I don’t think “it is finished,” spoken on Friday incidentally, means what you’re applying it to mean. “Finished” is the same greek word used in John 19:28 when he said scripture was to be “fulfilled.” The last prophecy concerning his earthly life was to get a drink. He got a drink and said scripture was now fulfilled as far as his earthly, physical life went.

    I think the “it is finished” line is often used as a flesh-appealing twist too. You are indeed correct that our works do not save us and we are eternally dependent on the shed blood of Christ and His subsequent resurrection. This reality does not cancel out responsibility, faith without works is dead, and they profess to know God but in deeds they deny him sloppiness that often ensues.

    Not saying you’re saying that, but I’ve seen that line of reasoning get much traction, in fact, probably the very traction Osteen is now feeding off of. God just wants you to be happy, He did all the tough stuff, He didn’t call you to suffer or turn your laughter into mourning, when, in fact, He did call us to that. “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

    He called us to live His life and to put off our life, affections and lusts. His life wasn’t all that physically enjoyable. SPiritually there is a rejoicing that carries us through, the joy set before Him allowing Him to endure the cross is the same joy we have. But the joy isn’t based on our experience but rather on our hope, our hope which is not seen yet, for if it were seen it wouldn’t be hope.

    The bottom line is that we are not called to either a Friday life or a Sunday life. The Gospel is based firmly on the events of both days and we are thus called to both days: suffering and joyful hope. We do a disservice to eliminate either one.

  3. > We do a disservice to eliminate either one.

    And especially to eliminate the day in the middle, which God Himself calls a day of happiness:

    Isaiah 58
    13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
    14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD;

  4. Some people say the phrase “it is finished” is referring to the end of the old covenant and the beginning of the new one. Interestingly as soon as Jesus said those words the curtain of the Temple was torn from top to bottom which tends to support that view.

    I myself like the expression “it is fulfilled”

  5. Richard,

    I think both phrases have equal footing, the finishing work of Christ as the One who could fulfill the demands of the Law. The Law could never save me, it could only show me where I would fail. Christ fulfilled the Law and finished the work that I could never do on my own.

    We are now counted as righteous, because we are in Christ, the law was fulfilled and the work is finished, because now we trust in Him. I’m sure the scholars wrestled as to which phrase best captured the exact moment.

  6. I like to think of the first prophecy/promise: that the seed of the woman would bruise the serpent’s head. This definitely happened when Christ finished his struggle on the cross (see Rev. 12, Col. 1:20), so the statement “it is finished” definitely applies to that prophecy.

    However, that doesn’t mean Satan ceased to exist. Also, the apostle indicates that the church will also “bruise Satan’s head” (Rom 16:20). Therefore, I believe there is yet to be another “it is finished” experience, this time by the church, which will complete the bruising of the serpent’s head.

    This is indicated in many places, especially in the book of Revelation, but particularly this promise to the last church (Laodicea):

    Revelation 3
    21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

    The church will overcome “even as I also overcame”. ie. “in the same way,” “through a similar experience.”

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