MIAMI, Fla. - MIAMI -- One day before the sold-out America's Night of Hope at Marlins Park, televangelist Joel Osteen offered words of reassurance for the 37,000 people who will join him for a night of music and prayer.
In an interview with WPTV NewsChannel 5, Osteen said "authorities were doing what they needed to do" and that "people should feel safe."
"It's the day that we're living in these days. So, I don't think you can give in to fear and let people like that stop you. That's just what they want. You have to move forward knowing that, you know, God has us all in the palm of his hand," Osteen said. "People want to know why something like this could happen and there are no good answers except that, you know, tragedies happen. There are evil people in the world."
After sell-outs in New York, Chicago and other cities, Osteen said the fifth America's Night of Hope would deliver a message of hope and resolve.
"Fear sometimes, that draws in negative things. I think you go out in faith, confidence, using common sense, but we can't let a few people that are evil or, you know, that want to do wrong things stop us from living the way we should live," Osteen said. "There are so many things pushing people down these days we try to come and lift up people's spirits and let them know that there are good days up ahead."
America's Night of Hope will be broadcast live at http://www.americasnightofhope.com/Pages/Americas-Night-Of-Hope.aspx