In a tweet, Osteen said, "Billy Graham has always been and will always be a hero in our home. Next to my own father, Reverend Graham was the most humble and gracious man I ever knew. I am honored to call him a friend and a mentor. Victoria and I will miss him dearly."
"Well, I mean it's obvious that the disproportionate number of black people that are being treated unfairly, and not cared for, because they live in poor communities — the response has been just unfortunate," he said. "We see … Joel Osteen not opening up his church doors for people. That's not very good for Christians. It's not very good for how we respond to people who are persons of color, as white Christians who are white allies or claim to be white allies. I think we have to speak up and speak out about these issues and name them for what they are."