Alonso Guillen left his home during Hurricane Harvey, though his dad begged him not to go out into the deadly floodwaters.
He drove roughly 100 miles with a borrowed boat to help save lives. Not white, black, latino, Muslim or LGBTQI lives, but human lives.
His brother Jesus said, “That’s how he was. He liked helping people,” and “He died wanting to serve. He could have stayed home watching the news on television, but he chose to go help.”
He didn’t need anyone to ask him for help. No one needed to knock on his door for help. He simply followed his heart.
Alonso and his friend Tomas Cerreon both died that night helping people that they didn’t even know. Alonso was protected by DACA and Tomas had become a permanent resident after he married an American woman.
Like all Latinos, Alonso and Tomas were called rapists, drug dealers, and “bad hombres.”
Arriving from Mexico just in time to bury her son, Alonso’s mother, Rita Ruiz de Guillén, told reporters, “When we are with God, there are no borders. Man made borders on this earth.”
Joel Osteen is a pastor in Houston, TX.
He preaches love thy neighbor with a wax smile, like he belongs in Madame Tussauds museum.
Joel uses Jesus’ words to attract millions of church members, readers, and listeners who are drawn to his prosperity gospel message. “God wants us to be prosperous!” he cries from the pulpit.
Of course, this only works for Joel and the other 1% of the population.
His megachurch cost $100 million to build and his personal net worth is about $40 million. It’s almost as if billions of poor and impoverished people across the world are praying to a completely different God.
As Hurricane Harvey loomed, Joel closed the doors of his megachurch complex, effectively turning away thousands of people in need.
Joel is what they call a “good Christian.”