‘Jesus wept’: Internet shames Joel Osteen for belatedly caving to public pressure on hurricane victims
Houston-based megachurch pastor Joel Osteen opened the doors to his church to victims seeking shelter from Hurricane Harvey, but the internet isn’t buying his belated sense of compassion.
In a tweet posted on Tuesday, Osteen expressed love for his community and said his church’s doors were open to help people seeking shelter.
“Victoria and I care deeply about our fellow Houstonians,” Osteen wrote. “Lakewood’s doors are open and we are receiving anyone who needs shelter.”
Victoria and I care deeply about our fellow Houstonians. Lakewood’s doors are open and we are receiving anyone who needs shelter.
— Joel Osteen (@JoelOsteen) August 29, 2017
However, many Twitter users pointed out that Osteen only opened up his church after a massive public shaming campaign — and some even quoted Bible verses to properly shame him for his hypocrisy.
Read some of the top reactions below.
— ROSIE (@Rosie) August 29, 2017
I remember when Jesus fed the needy only after receiving massive public pressure
— Clark Honea (@ClarkHonea) August 29, 2017
this is like apologizing to someone only bc you got caught
— connor (@connorbarbee) August 29, 2017
Only after donations were threatened.
— Don Dawson (@donddawson) August 29, 2017
Going to charge them at the door you snake?
— Brian Zolotorofe (@Bear_JdoubleO) August 29, 2017
The Muslims opened their mosques day one
— karen (@Karen3737) August 29, 2017
For I was hungry and you gave me food…I was a stranger and you welcomed me but only after a social media backlash
— Andrew Sanders (@sandersandrew) August 29, 2017
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) August 29, 2017
— Zach Partin (@zachtron) August 29, 2017
How many displaced people will be staying at your mansion? pic.twitter.com/E6SCwMBFHW
— Michael Annetta (@HeyGoKickRocks) August 29, 2017