Joel Osteen’s Megachurch Just Handed Out Collection Plates To Hurricane Evacuees

in politics •  2 years ago 

 Joel Osteen, the celebrity pastor of Houston’s Lakewood Church, had come under heavy fire last week for failing to immediately open his doors to Hurricane Harvey evacuees, claiming, “the city didn’t ask us to become a shelter.” Since then, the megachurch has opened its doors to a community ravaged by unprecedented winds and flooding, only to tacitly ask money of those people by passing out the collection plate during their services.While Osteen’s decidedly un-Christian behavior had drawn ire from the nation, he seemed to have redeemed himself by finally allowing access to the community. But perhaps the megachurch and its celebrity pastor – worth upwards of $50 million – would be well-served to not tithe in the immediate aftermath of what FEMA Director William Long has called the “worst disaster in Texas history.” Of course, people can choose to not donate to the collection plate, but many may nonetheless feel obligated to do so once it is handed to them. And in a community that has just lost everything, that is a burden that these people do not deserve to bear.Immediately following the storm, Osteen’s 16,800-seat megachurch maintained that it was closed due to “flooding.” Social media, however, was alight with photos and videos showing that the surrounding area and the church itself were both accessible. 

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It's pretty horrible asking for money from these people. He should be giving and not taking. That man has no compassion or conscious.

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This horrible excuse of a human needs to lose his non profit status, along with every other church and televangelist. Stealing people's money for his mansions. Completely pathetic.