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Aug 18, 2017 by Will Maule

Joel Osteen Criticized For Passive Remarks Over Charlottesville

As Christian leaders across the globe use the strongest possible terms to condemn the racist violence that took place in Charlottesville at the weekend, Houston megachurch pastor Joel Osteen has been criticized for his passivity. 

"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," Osteen wrote on Facebook Wednesday. 

"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."

But many of his 15 million Facebook followers did not take kindly to his soft approach. "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," one user wrote. 

When Jesus saw injustice, He himself acted while espousing His Father's views of doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with His God," another wrote. 

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