Joel Osteen came under brutal attack after his famous megachurch declined to open their doors and become a temporary shelter. At the time, the city of Huston was under water from Hurricane Harvey and many people were seeking shelter.
Social media criticized Osteen for his decision and he made headlines for days. Now, in the wake of the storm, Osteen is making a big-time announcement.
According to Newsweek, Osteen and his wife have offered to open their doors to a Jewish congregation who lost their church. The congregation was currently trying to find somewhere to host their services for Yom Kippur.
“During Hurricane Harvey, Houston's largest synagogue, Congregation Beth Yeshurun experienced devastating flooding,” read an announcement on the Lakewood Church website. “This came at an especially bad time for Beth Yeshurun as the Jewish High Holy Days, (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur), are this week,” it continued. “Beth Yeshurn's leadership reached out to us and pastors Joel & Victoria offered to help. We are honored to announce that we will be opening our doors to the Beth Yeshurun congregation so that they may celebrate their High Holy Days at our church.”
A lot of people praised the church leader for doing this. Some thought it was the perfect response after the Harvey fiasco.
“This is the first time in our congregation’s history, since we moved to this site in 1962, that we took on water. It wasn’t just a room or a series of rooms. Every square inch of the temple flooded,” David Rosen, senior rabbi of Beth Yeshurun, told Houston’s KHOU-TV. “It’s very hard to be out of our temple. There’s a lot of emotion that is captured in this sanctuary. We’ve had people who for 50 years have been sitting in the same seats,” he added. “I cannot thank Joel Osteen enough for his sensitivity and his encouragement. It’s a reaffirmation of the beautiful spirit of collegiality and interfaith conversation we have here in Houston.”
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