Thanks to the good works of America’s paparazzi, the world now is blessed with photos of Joel Osteen’s pasty-yet-toned physique. The Houston televangelist and future reality television star showed off his six pack while paddleboarding during a family vacation in Hawaii.
TMZ is totally pumped about Joel Osteen’s abs: “Osteen hit the beach in Hawaii this week for a little family vacation time with his wife Victoria, his son Jonathan, his daughter Alexandra … and a SHREDDED SIX PACK!!!” The Daily Mail also was impressed: “While his sermons have been criticised in some quarters for lacking biblical reference, few would raise issue with his honed and toned frame. Joel … is not only a Godly being, he is also something [of] a health enthusiast.”
“And the Lord said, let there be abs,” Richard Connelly offered as a caption for the photo at Houston Press ’s Hairballs blog.
Are Osteen’s abs a gift from God or did he have to work for them? Well, Houston Chronicle religion blogger Kate Shellnutt points out that 48-year-old Osteen makes bike riding and basketball a regular part of his routine. And back in 2007, Osteen showcased his bench pressing prowess, lifting over two hundred pounds during an interview with 60 Minutes . And perhaps Osteen himself attends Lakewood Church’s weekly “Praisercise” dance class.