Lakewood’s message to the tens of thousands of souls Osteen preaches to every Sunday is that if you’re rich and religious, you’ve earned it. And if you’re poor, well, pray harder. It’s great they’ve finally opened their doors to people in need (even if they haven’t taken full responsibility for locking them in the first place). But they, and others in the evangelical Christian community, have a lot more to atone for than just one day of bad press.
The fury at Joel Osteen and his Lakewood Church for not opening to those in need after Harvey spotlights the bigger problems with his