Joel Osteen has become the butt of many jokes online for his delayed reaction to Hurricane Harvey.
The televangelist has been widely criticized for failing to open his 17,000-seat church to flooding evacuees sooner.
The multi-millionaire preacher tweeted Monday that his church was ‘inaccessible’ despite photos that showed it was mostly unharmed in the hurricane.
Since then, many have been pointing out the hypocrisy of Osteen’s Christianity online with hilarious memes.
One of the memes shows Osteen crying during an impassioned speech, and reads: ‘Lord, I will open the church for $50 a head.’
Several memes are circulating online, making fun of televangelist Joel Osteen for his delayed reaction to Hurricane Harvey
Osteen’s church wasn’t opened to flood evacuees until Tuesday, and many have called Osteen’s delayed reaction to the crisis un-Christian
Osteen defended his response, saying the city didn’t initially ask the church to be a shelter and that there were safety concerns from a previous flood
Many of the memes drew attention to Osteen’s enormous wealth.
‘Osteen is now accepting donations for Harvey relief. Here is his house, in case you were wondering where your donations went,’ one meme reads, showing a picture of his lavish home.
Others were pointed out how un-Christian his delayed response to the hurricane was.
‘I don’t remember a scene in the New Testament where Jesus had to have his arm twisted before he’d help the sick & poor,’ one meme read, including a picture of Jesus.
Osteen has been blocking many of his critics on Twitter.
He has also come out in several television interviews to defend his actions, saying he didn’t open his doors immediately because the city had not asked Lakewood Church to act as a shelter and that there were safety concerns over a previous flood that happened at the church.
The building is now being used as a temporary shelter and distribution center for hurricane relief.