PR Nightmare: Joel Osteen’s Church Closes Doors to Hurricane Victims

Christians are called to be servants and to help others (joyfully, might I add). So what are people to think when a church that seats 17,000 people suddenly slams their doors shut in the face of crisis victims? That’s exactly what Joel Osteen’s megachurch did.

I completely understand that the church has regulations and things must be done a certain way. However, as a Christian myself, it is hard to understand why a church of this monumental size would not be offering a helping hand.

1 John 3:17 “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”

Although his doors remained closed, Osteen still tweeted out “support” for the hurricane victims.

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Breitbart reports:

Osteen and his wife, Victoria, are pastors of the nondenominational congregation located in the former Compaq Center. Lakewood Church is situated roughly six miles from downtown Houston and is on Highway 59 which has arteries to and from the Interstate 610 Loop, Interstate 45, and Highway 288.


Even another clergyman, Pastor Greg Locke, tweeted, “Joel Osteen, as a Pastor you have a huge obligation to show the love of Christ at this very moment.”
OPEN THE DOORS. #HoustonStrong

Many other people were tweeting out to Osteen as well, asking him if he would be opening his doors to people who need a place to stay due to their houses being flooded.

The hurricane relief update that Osteen shared a link to reads:

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.

What do you think? Should he have opened the doors to help those in need in his city? Would it be more effective than him starting a fundraiser for them? Comment your thoughts!

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