Osteen Claims Megachurch Didn't Open Doors Because Houston Didn't Ask

Osteen Claims Megachurch Didn't Open Doors Because Houston Didn't Ask:  Pastor Joel Osteen has been making the rounds of the talk show circuit, offering his explanation as to why he didn’t offer his 16,800-seat megachurch in Houston as a shelter sooner for those displaced by the disastrous flooding from Hurricane Harvey.  In Osteen’s defense, he probably thought there’s no point in dirtying up his church while there’s still a possibility open that someone could find Noah’s Ark.



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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on August 31, 2017 at 7:44am

I actually agree with Joel Osteen.  All those people have been wading around in filthy water.  No good Christain would let people who have dirty feet near them, right?

Image result for jesus washing feet

Comment by Anna Herrington on August 31, 2017 at 8:03am

I loved how the CBS morning news put their interview with Osteen right next to the segment of Mattress Man who flung open his doors for Katrina and Harvey and showed photos of people living in showrooms.... while pasty-faced and highly irritated-looking Joel looked ever so bad..... all that Lakewood Church 'we love Houston' crap rings awfully hollow now.  Truth will out.

As for the royals...and turtles.... I got nothin.'

Comment by Johnny Robish on August 31, 2017 at 8:07am

Well said my friends!

Comment by koshersalaami on August 31, 2017 at 8:09am

"Houston didn't ask?"

The news reports are full of citizens helping before government can. Thousand of Houstonians and people from surrounding areas didn't have to be asked. They had big enough hearts, strong enough consciences, and deep enough senses of responsibility to offer or just do. If your religious experience doesn't reinforce your heart, conscience, and sense of responsibility, both individually and collectively as a religious community, why bother? I hope this embarrasses a lot of Osteen's congregation into leaving. We're about to see people defend him in inverse proportion to their actual Christianity.

Houston will not forget this. Now it will be a race for the best memes and bumper stickers about him. 

It won't take long. 

Nor should it. 


Comment by koshersalaami on August 31, 2017 at 8:24am

The more I think about this, the angrier I get. I knew he hadn't opened his church but I hadn't heard the excuse.

My congregation in Greensboro would not allow a kid to go through a bar or bat mitzvah without a community service project. That included my son, who couldn't walk, stand, sit up, or feed himself without a lot of assistance. 

The congregation periodically sent groups of congregants, usually mostly high school students, to New Orleans to help rebuild. New Orleans is over eight hundred miles from them.

Osteen is in the same fucking city. 

Comment by Anna Herrington on August 31, 2017 at 8:40am

First 'they'/Lakewood church people tweet they couldn't open doors due to severe flooding. Then they post photos of flooding after others tweet photos of no flooding outside the church. The flood photos turn out to be from 2001 when the church did flood. Then in interview he lets be known they now have a flood gate that prevents flooding, put in after the 2001 flooding, and so outs himself right there.

He's standing in front of piles of diaper boxes for interview. The news people ask him to explain. he says these are for distribution to shelters, then admits when asked there's 'a couple hundred' now staying there, and "our own members are ones who need shelter" leading me to wonder if he's let anyone in at all or just a few congregants to look good. He looked irritated to furious the entire interview...and at one point snapped that he doesn't pay any attention to twitter or what people say on social media, completely dismissing voices on twitter that have been instrumental in getting aid to people there.

He definitely came off looking like he didn't want any *dirt* to get in his church.... I was just shaking my head. So f***ing wrong. And maybe he really is a cautious type but this is no time for this huge church *with room* right in the middle of the city to be cautious! And that's me being completely generous about what I think really was happening:  in fussy voice: "...but the riffraff'll dirty the rugs..."

This interview was on CBS Morning News yesterday. The clips of him and of Mattress Man are both still there online.

Comment by koshersalaami on August 31, 2017 at 8:43am

From a religious standpoint this one's simple:

Emergency + Resources + God = Help

If there is no help, there is no God in the equation

Comment by Anna Herrington on August 31, 2017 at 8:49am

I agree.

....but even if you leave God out of it (which, yeah I realize, it's a church...),

emergency + resources + decent humans = help

is what was needed and still is - and he as head of that church REALLY came across as NOT a decent human.... at all.

Still shaking my head.

And thinking Mattress Man deserves the giant stadium instead!

Comment by Anna Herrington on August 31, 2017 at 9:08am

Mattress *Mack* that is....

Comment by koshersalaami on August 31, 2017 at 10:12am

Actually, Decency works really well in that equation. Yes, I used God because it is a church. I'm not stating or implying that religion is necessary for decency. 


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