The Church Report is pleased once again to announce this year’s list of The 50 Most Influential Christians in America.Churchreport.com
Mixed feelings about this. In fact, it just doesn't sit right with me... to be honest.
Sure... its cool to see people who have a direct influence on my life included... Rob Bell at 10... Erwin McManus at 12... Joni at 21... Max Lucado at 33... Hey Billy Graham is there too... although I am surprised he's at number 2 (who is Joel Osteen and is that an ironic mullet???)
But would somebody tell me why oh why is George W. Bush on this list... in at number 11? Iraq? Guantanamo Bay? Why is he on this list? I haven't seen any fruit to justify his being on this list.
In addition, only 5 women are included... with only 1 in the top ten. Arrghhh!!! Am I reading too much into this? or does this give off the wrong message... one that says to be an influential Christian you must write loads of books and be right wing and conservative... Do you have to be a pastor or doctor to be influential?
This is wrong. As Chuck D rapped once :: "None of my heroes appear on stamps!"
The most influential Christians in the world today are the honest peacemakers who are seeking justice and fairness... and challenging the system... including the Christian system... on these issues. People who think and act locally. I don't know there names. Only the people who they have touched know who they are.
We've lost the plot when we create our own world so that we don't have to be in the real world... and we still become the same as those we are trying to be different from.
But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.Matthew 5:13 (New International Version)
Sorry for the rant.