Joel Osteen Memes: Best Jokes About His Hurricane Harvey Response

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Preacher Joel Osteen has been harshly criticized for his response to Hurricane Harvey.

Osteen, who leads Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, initially said his megachurch was closed and would be unable to assist evacuees seeking shelter due to flooding and the building being inaccessible. The church, housed in the former home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, has a capacity of 16,000 people and was converted into the megachurch in 2003.

After word spread that the church was closed due to the flooding, reporters (including former NFL quarterback Sean Salisbury) and internet sleuths took matters into their own hands and found that Lakewood wasn’t nearly as bad as Osteen had played it out to be.

Since the criticism, though, Lakewood announced it would open its doors for all of those people who needed it and had been accepting donations of all kinds for victims of the catastrophic flooding.

Osteen spoke out on behalf of Lakewood, saying it’s “never closed (its) doors,” adding that it would “continue to be a distribution center for those in need.” He also appeared on CNN on Wednesday to explain his reasoning for the mix-up. He said he wasn’t entirely sure “how this notion got started that we’re not a shelter and we’re not taking people.”

“There was a time, (CNN host) Chris (Cuomo), that the place was flooded,” Osteen said during the interview. “There was a safety issue the first day or two. … We would never put people in here until we know that it’s safe, and it was not safe those days, let me tell you.”

Even with the latest developments, the internet has continued to lash out against Osteen, who has a net worth of around $50 million and resides in a multi-million dollar mansion in the Houston area.

Here are some of the best memes and tweets regarding Osteen’s reaction to Harvey:




“Pastors” with $10 mil mansions exemplify the peak of American decadence, shortly before the upcoming total failure of the US economy and political system under Trump et al.
On the bright side, at least the ensuing shortage of food will perhaps slim down some of you undereducated over-comfortable fat-assed slobs (average Americans).


Suddenly Osteen is a heartless rich charlatan religious snake oil salesman.
What, last week he was a gracious pastor, pure as the driven snow?
You idiots (the american public) supported this obvious POS grifter, made him rich, legitimised his philisophy of greed wrapped in christianity.
Now you expect Mother Theresa?
Fools. You deserve Osteen, you deserve Trump. Bye bye American Empire, and good riddance.

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