Joel Osteen Responds to Criticism, Invokes Franklin Graham, Then Opens His Megachurch to Flood Victims
I guess this is the power of social media. Late yesterday we brought you the story of Joel Osteen and his 16,500+ seat mega church in Houston, TX. Yes, the same Houston, TX ravaged by floods
I guess this is the power of social media.
Late yesterday we brought you the story of Joel Osteen and his 16,500+ seat mega church in Houston, TX.
Yes, the same Houston, TX ravaged by floods and hurricane waters.
Joel Osteen took heavy criticism online when he did not open up his church facility to flood victims, despite the apparent need for more shelter space in the city. Yeah, a 16,500 seat facility would probably provide good shelter, I would think!
You know, like this:
Today we get part 2 of the story.
Part 2 involves Joel Osteen speaking out and coming to his own defense – partially by invoking the name of Franklin Graham.
Last night he posted this statement:
“We have never closed our doors … We will continue to be a distribution center to those in need. We are prepared to house people once shelters reach capacity.”
The only problem with that is it appears that the shelters are at – and past – capacity. From TMZ:
It seems, however, that shelters have more than reached capacity. The American Red Cross turned the Convention Center into an evacuee center and there are 8,800 people there, despite the fact capacity is set at 5,000.
Osteen also posted this page to his website, touting the relief efforts they were working on, including a name drop of Franklin Graham’s charity, Samaritan’s Purse:
Dear Lakewood Church family,
We want to let you know that our hearts are with each of you and your families during this difficult time. We are praying for you and we are praying for our city, and for all of those affected by the devastating flooding and rains caused by Hurricane Harvey. We love you and we love this city. And we want to help.
Over the last couple of days, as the enormity of this storm was being realized, we have been working to organize relief efforts for the Houston area with our friend Franklin Graham and the disaster relief organization that he oversees, Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse has been, since it’s inception, organized to respond to situations just like Hurricane Harvey, and we are grateful to be able to partner with them to provide assistance to the Houston area.
We know the need is great. That much is clear. We do not yet know all the ways we can help. However if you would like to register to volunteer with us, please do so by clicking the link below. Or, if you would like to donate to our relief efforts, please do so here in this page. We are working just as fast as we can on this and will update you with more information as it becomes available.
In the meantime, know that our prayers for strength and comfort for each of you will continue, as well as our prayers for God’s help as we navigate the upcoming days and months together.
We love you. And we are praying. Together, we will make it through this difficult time.
Many have criticized the statement by saying he should be taking action and offering shelter. Getting his hands dirty type stuff.
The latest update on the story came this morning from TMZ, noting that Lakewood Church had decided to OPEN their doors to flood victims. What a difference 12 hours of online criticism makes!
7:50 AM PT — Pastor Osteen’s church is now open for evacuees, and he says flooding inside the church is the reason for the delay.
A Lakewood Church rep tells us, “Lakewood’s doors are open now to anyone needing shelter. We are also coordinating with the city as a collection site for distributing supplies to area shelters. We are collecting diapers, baby formula, baby food and other supplies. Please bring these items to Lakewood Church, Circle Drive off Timmons St.”
While Lakewood claims the church was inaccessible due to flooding, others have posted videos calling that into dispute:
Even if he wants no one there at least invite so we know u care. I'm a fan of this guy, I really am but where is he when so many who worship him, need him! Must see!
Posted by Sean Salisbury on Monday, August 28, 2017
So what do you think?
Did Joel Osteen handle this situation appropriately?
Please comment below!
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