But not to Joel Osteen.
Interestingly enough, he refused to open his megachurch to storm victims, but instead his website continued to encourage people to donate to him.
Um… he lives in a 17,000 square foot mansion. His church can seat tens of thousands of people.
Eventually, after being shamed by the press, he did open his church, and gave lame excuses.
And I understand social media went nuts over it. Someone created a graphic saying “You cannot serve God and mammon both.” And a picture of Osteen with the caption, “Challenge accepted!”
If I owned a church that size.. And a home that size… you know what? Let’s get people to donate sleeping bags. I just betcha that I could get 10,000 people to crash inside a warm, dry Lakewood Church – and probably another hundred or so in my house!
I don’t know how much Osteen is worth… but I’m pretty sure he could afford to put a few thousand aside to order food for everyone. Or order pizzas.
So it would cost a man (with what 50 million in savings), what, $250,000?
Ever consider the fact that maybe, just maybe, the Lord allowed Osteen to have that kind of wealth for just such a moment?
The owner of Dell computers donated $35 million for disaster relief. Not from his company, from his own bank account.
What if, just WHAT IF… Osteen had opened Lakewood as an emergency shelter, and then got up there after feeding everyone and preached a BIBLICAL gospel?
Sure, most would have just kept chewing and nodding, but a few might have gotten saved.
What’s it worth to you to not see someone burn in hell forever?
Osteen turned a golden moment to be a witness to Christ just ONCE in his life, into a moment to make Christianity look embarrassingly bad.
Rent 10,000 cots. Buy bulk food. Get church members busy in the kitchens. “Give them food, water. Someone go out to the thrift stores, get clothes. We’re giving stuff away today.”
That’s what Osteen should have done. That’s what I would have done. “Can we get stuff delivered by helicopter?”
See, this wasn’t about Joel Osteen, but about Jesus Christ. And Osteen made the Lord look bad.
At this point, Joel, it’s clear. You’re stealing someone else’s pulpit. Turn it over, and step down.
Or go to a seminary, open the books, LEARN something about the Bible, and stop preaching this “You need to get a bigger vision” recycled Norman Vincent Peale teachings.
Preach THE WORD. Be instant, in season and out of season!
Not health, wealth, and self esteem.
Robert Schuller eventually lost the Crystal Cathedral.
Lakewood is next.