These requests and accusations quickly turned to public outrage and demands.
Time was a factor, and the longer he went without a response, the more people became impatient.
As you can see, it went from a request to an “obligation” by many.
As outrage often does, it turned viral.
People were quick to fan the flames given Osteen’s perception as being a capitalist over a Christian, and this issue seemed to highlight the hypocrisy of those dual roles to many.
The word circulated that his church was flooded and inhabitable, much like others in the area.
However, people were skeptical, to say the least.
Anecdotal evidence came in that the church was surrounded by buildings that were open and helping those displaced.
The sentiment being, if a furniture warehouse can open its doors to the needy, why can’t a large, vacant church?
People in the area shared pictures that suggested the church had been spared flooding.
So why weren’t the church officials opening their doors?
People were demanding answers and finally got a response from the church.