Scripture is very explanatory when it comes to helping others in their time of need. Joel Osteen should know what the scripture says since he calls himself a Christian pastor. Maybe scripture doesn’t apply to Mr. Sending Prayers. Praying is always good, but you know sometimes actions are required.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” ~Hebrews 13:16
Let’s bring to the forefront the phrase “to share what you have.” You know what Joel has? A gigantic church right there in Houston. This huge building is just sitting there while there are people that need shelter. It is not flooded. It is dry and very empty.
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” ~1 John 3:17
This scripture is saying very clearly that if you have the means to help those in need, and you do not, God’s love is not inside of you. Joel doesn’t even have to open all of his church. A few conference rooms and they would still be helping as scripture commands.
“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” ~Romans 12:13
These are pretty basic principles in Christianity. Not sure where the disconnect would be. Unless Joel Olsteen is not really a true Christian. To be Christian is to be Christ-like. As the scripture is showing, you must love and assist those in need around you. It is the pinnacle of everything Christ taught.
Joel, all of Houston is in need. Starting a hurricane fund is grand and all, but you are actually there. You could help so many people that have been affected and continue to be affected by this monstrous storm. What is your problem? Speaking for Christians, as I am one, you are the doing exact opposite of everything we stand for and believe in. Ever heard of the Pharisees? Bet they thought that they were Christ-like as well. Your display of selfishness and elitism is revolting. There is so much damage, hurt, and uncertainty right outside your doors (literally). Help these folks, Joel. Show the world what Christ would have done if He were here.