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Pastor Joel Osteen, head of the popular Lakewood megachurch in Houston, Texas has come under fire recently for wha some perceive as less than a definitive condemnation of racism. Osteen, who is a popular white pastor in the Black community was less declarative in his comments on racism than other white pastors, who were quick to denounce the alt-right.

The Christian Post reports:

“One of the biggest challenges we all face is getting along with people because everyone is different. We have different personalities, different temperaments. We come from different backgrounds. When somebody doesn’t agree with us or not doing what we like, it’s easy to get in conflict with them, to argue, to try to straighten them out, to prove our point. No, you have to be the bigger person. Just because they’re doing wrong doesn’t mean you have to engage,” Osteen wrote in a post on Facebook late Wednesday.

Osteen’s comments come after he was criticized in reports Wednesday for remaining silent on the issue and his pacific reaction did not resonate well with some of his fans.

Although he did not mention the issue of race specifically, many of his fans felt he compared racism to simply a difference of opinion or a personality conflict.

“How long is someone to remain calm when you are being beaten and murdered just because of the color of your skin?…You will NEVER understand because you have yet to experience it…please be mindful of what’s going on before you make comment such as this,” Ronke Allen replied.

“If it is an individual I can agree, but when systems disenfranchise entire populations something must be said and something must be done. You can do and say something however, in Christ, still reflecting His values and His ways. When Jesus saw injustice, He himself acted while espousing His Father’s views of doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with His God,” Tracy Jones added.

Should Osteen have said more?

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12 thoughts on “Should Joel Osteen Have Come Out More Strongly Against Racism?

  1. Penny Hunter on said:

    I used to be very impressed with Joel Osteen. I even read his books now not so much. I need a clear statement from him on where he stands with racism and black lives.

  2. I have also felt this way about the whit Pastors such as Joel Olsteen, Charles Stanley, Joyce Meyers, Kenneth and Glorua Copeland, and all of the other television Pastors who “refuse” to speak out on racism! I have stopped watching them all! How can you preach and encourage others; when you look the other way in regards to the consistent injustices in America???

  3. brenda on said:

    It does not surprise me about him i,have noticed on several issues over the years, he is always neutral about everything! he just does not appear to be very honest and forthright like he’s always hiding something.

  4. Terrance Adams on said:

    I think that whoever wrote this article should stop using their hands to point fingers and instead put them to work doing something constructive. Joel Osteen has done more for us black people from preaching alone than your divisive, blameful, bitter articles. Enough of the victimhood and finger pointing. Come up with solutions, inspire, strive for unity. Pushing people away isn’t working.

  5. I LOVE speaking against clergy. Evangelicals are Trump’s strongest supporters. To them, he can do no wrong. They would rather defend him than attack White supremacy. Indeed, only one pastor has resigned from Trump’s religious advisory board. Evidently, their advice isn’t worth a hill of beans. If their blatant hypocrisy isn’t enough to get even the most blind believer to start asking serious questions about religion, it is unlikely that anything will.

  6. Tasha Tillman on said:

    Yes, he should have come out more strongly. His popularity among both races prevents him from doing so, as he has many more white followers than black. Also, if we’re paying attention then we recognize that evangelicals (which he is) are trumplestiltskin supporters.

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