Joel Osteen. Just his name summons up images of opulence and over the top “hallelujahs.” However, when it comes to “Christian charity,” he seems to be seriously lacking. He runs mega churches and has an obscene net worth. But, despite having a mega church (literally a repurposed 16,000 seat stadium) in Houston, Texas that was above the flood waters — his church doors were closed to those fleeing the flood waters.
Victoria & I are praying for everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please join us as we pray for the safety of our Texas friends & family.
— Joel Osteen (@JoelOsteen) August 26, 2017
According to ABC news, Osteen was waiting for all the other shelters to do their part, first — because that is what Jesus would do, right? — and would open once all other shelters were “at capacity.”
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a flood victim to enter into Joel Osteen’s church.
— Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) August 29, 2017
However, that was in direct conflict with a now deleted Instagram message from another pastor, John Gray, at the church claiming the church was “inaccessible”:
Osteen has faced criticism for not opening his massive Lakewood Church as a storm shelter. In a statement to ABC News , Osteen says the church “will continue to be a distribution center for those in need” and is “prepared to house people once shelters reach capacity.”
— Charles Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) August 28, 2017
Twitter noticed immediately that the hypocritical “thoughts and prayers” power couple was not helping:
Joel Osteen won't open his church that holds 16,000 to hurricane victims because it only provides shelter from taxes. #HoustonStrong
— Alan Spencer (@MrAlanSpencer) August 28, 2017
And that other groups were, like the 21 Mosques in Houston:
Dear Christians – @JoelOsteen didn't open his Church in Houston for Evacuees, but 21 Mosques did. How is that feeling?
— Patriotic Moose&Lamb (@GinoKusa) August 29, 2017
The evil twitter trolls, as they are usually known, did not let up for days. The media began to cover the story, such as the above ABC News story, and another from the Hill Tuesday. The social media outrage continues, because, as TMZ said this morning, Osteen is still not actually opening the doors even though Hurricane Harvey is ramping up for a reprise. At least they are “a distribution center,” now and will likely end up with the doors open due to the pressure that social media has put on them.
Yo Joel how about putting up a few folks at your little house !! WWJD ? pic.twitter.com/jYTvSvZORB
— John Shipman (@john_ship67) August 28, 2017
That is Joel and Victoria Osteen’s bazillion dollar home. Also, not open to the Texas refugees.
Before Social Media, this non-Christian act (barring refugees from a house of god) would have gone largely unnoticed by most of the country. Today, those evil trolls have at least exposed Osteen’s hypocrisy, and apparently forced him into actually practicing what he preaches: you know,
prosperity, er… Christianity. How do we know? His mega church has finally opened their doors.
— April (@ReignOfApril) August 29, 2017
Have any doubt about their church being quite easily accessible, or closed? Watch this video:
Featured image via Twitter