Joel Osteen Has A Message For Twitter Devils Who Think His Church Didn’t Do Enough To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims!

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Joel Osteen is unbothered by the critics.

In a new interview, the megachurch pastor spoke on the backlash he received for not opening his Lakewood Church doors sooner to shelter Hurricane Harvey victims.

For those who missed it, Osteen had to make a round of toothy interviews to address accusations saying Lakewood kept its doors closed to hurricane evacuees, and he had a rosary of excuses for doing so.

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Now with Lakewood finally giving shelter to a worthy amount of displaced locals, the church leader has no desire to answer to the haters on social media — because he’s only worried about serving @God.

Speaking to ET‘s Kevin Frazier on Thursday, he explained:

“You know, I’m not really concerned about the Twitter critics. We’re concerned with these people [victims now at the church] and how they move forward. And there were safety issues that people don’t understand. But, I really believe that if people were in my shoes, they would have done the same thing. When the building is clear, when it’s safe, we can start taking people. That’s what we have done for 60 years. We love helping people and that’s what our message is all about.”

Originally, Lakewood posted that it was “inaccessible due to severe flooding.” However, videos shared on Twitter appeared to show the 16,000-seat Houston church in rather dry surroundings.

Osteen told critics not to go by those pictures, because he has others that prove the building flooded (Of course, you’ll have to take his word for it):

“I think another thing that people don’t understand — it could flood. That street could flood and in 14 hours it can be down. … So, you can’t go by that. I have video of it flooded on either Saturday night or Sunday night, I can’t remember. But, you know, it can go down in 14, 15 hours.”

Lakewood eventually opened its doors on Tuesday. In a round of subsequent interviews, Osteen said the city didn’t originally ask the church to be a shelter, but instead a “distribution center.”

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Still, that doesn’t mean Lakewood couldn’t have been better prepared for the disaster. He admitted:

“Knowing what I know now, I would have put staff in here before the storm hit, put beds, do everything we could to be prepared. When it catches us by surprise, even when the cities overflow and, you know, nobody dreams that shelters will overflow. … Hindsight, it’s 20/20, but we got to move forward and do what we’ve done for the last 60 years and take care of these people, help them rebuild their lives, bring hope to their spirits and let them know that they can come out of this stronger than before.”

Despite Osteen’s charitable efforts, a deluge of haters continued to rain down on him on social media. Though the 54-year-old didn’t seem to care, as that’s a layer of hell he has no intention on giving energy to:

“I don’t spend any energy on the Twitter universe or social media. And I don’t mean that disrespectfully. I just don’t put any energy into it. I mean, life is too short to put energy into negative emotion and I feel at peace because we did the right thing├óΓé¼┬ª.Hey, my reputation is in God’s hands and he can take care of that. We’re going to continue to help people.”

That’s right, Joel. Judgment is for the Lord — not your 6.22 million followers on the platform you “don’t spend any energy on.”

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Sep 1, 2017 10:28am PDT

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