Lakewood Church, the Houston arena turned megachurch, home of celebrity preacher Joel Osteen.
The TV Pastor's gigantic church (which can seat upwards of 15,000 people) would seem like the PERFECT place to help those in need after the flooding and storm damage from Harvey. This tweet with a donation link, seems to be all the help this multi-millionaire is prepared to offer the people of his congregation, and the people of Texas.
Victoria & I are praying for everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please join us as we pray for the safety of our Texas friends & family.— Joel Osteen (@JoelOsteen) August 26, 2017
A tweet by the Osteen's on Friday the 26th
With claims of the church being flooded as an excuse for its lack of action, one local resident decided to show up and investigate for himself, and made the not-so-shocking discovery that the church doesn't appear flooded at all.
Even some big named celebrities chimed in on the Church's lack of compassion:
Will they finally practice what they preach? https://t.co/exstqAgoa3— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 29, 2017
Other (seemingly more compassionate) Texas residents have offered their support and shelter to those in need on twitter:
Sean, please repost -shelter for animals of all kinds and people, too! pic.twitter.com/VfY54IoYVD— Lynne Unz (@lynne_unz) August 29, 2017
The George R. Brown Convetnion Center:
Amid the backlash and cries for compassion, Osteen put out this statement:
But when twitter users attempted to question him directly, they found themselves simply blocked, with no answer.
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