When some members of the community are in need, they should have the ability to turn to churches for assistance.
One such was the case with the hit of the hurricane named Harvey, but the residents of the nation’s fourth-most populous city had to scratch one option off of their list.
The church in question finally opened its doors up, in order to help out, but it also managed to make another highly questionable decision after doing so.
The Independent Journal Review passes along the tale of a church and its pastor which have come under attack for some questionable behavior during crisis time.
The pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, named Joel Osteen, received some criticism from what seemed like the entire internet, because he was accused of keeping the doors to his massive mega church closed while the victims from the flood had nowhere to stay.
Soon after opening its doors for anyone who needed shelter, the church responded to the criticism. However, after several days later, the church got itself in trouble again, as it collected donation from the victims of the flood.
It started with Lisa Osteen, who was the sister of Joel, on stage asking anyone who was affected by the hurricane Harvey to stand up.
It was not too long before the collection plates came out, and that was what actually led to a ton of backlash for Osteen, as well as their company.
Joel Osteen is reportedly worth $40 million, which is actually the source for a lot of the controversy.
When you attempt to profit off of the misery of others, you are actually an abominable human being.
This does not mean that is what Joel was directly doing here, but it is actually not too hard to see why a lot of people would be taking that leap.
Some families in the Houston area have had their lives forever altered. The collection plates need to be put on ice when they will come to visit for a little solace.
A far better tact comes in the form of one simple question: What can we do in order to help them?
If Joel Osteen and his company kept that little piece of advice in mind, they would not be dealing with anything that will resemble backlash right about now.