Joel Osteen has been the subject of vicious attacks on social media. Comments about Hurricane Harvey victims being locked out of the pastor’s massive Lakewood Church portrayed him as an anti-Christian hypocrite.
But, Osteen claims that is not the truth. Lakewood Church itself had flooding issues. Like everyone, the church wasn’t expecting so much flooding and so many displaced people. On NBC’s “Today” show, Osteen said they had to ensure the church had resolved “safety issues” before bringing in large numbers of people.
That interview is below.
A quick look at Lakewood Church’s Facebook page shows the announcement that the church was flooded on Sunday. It was not in a position to accept displaced people when it was taking on water.
Dear Houstonians! Lakewood Church is inaccessible due to severe flooding! We want to help make sure you are safe….
Osteen continues to take a beating on social media. The “Today” interview is fueling that a bit since Osteen stated that he wasn’t asked to be a shelter by the City of Houston. Some social media warriors believe he should have stepped up and done that without being asked.
— 990-6907XB71 (@kinoptika) August 30, 2017
I wasn't asked to give food
I wasn't asked to give shelter
I wasn't asked to help
So I didn't
Til I got bad PR.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) August 30, 2017
Houston is living a "walking dead" episode and Joel Osteen couldn't be bothered. pic.twitter.com/nxMvEzZi86
— RogelioGarcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) August 30, 2017
Since Osteen took a couple of days to respond to the social media attacks, he is likely going to have to do some serious damage control. Even if his intentions were good, a two-day delay in a crisis such as Hurricane Harvey will be costly.
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