The 50 Most Influential Christians?

To my five readers. Thanks and yes, I’ve been away and have been very busy. On with it…

The Church Report has put out a list entitled The 50 Most Influential Christians in America. Who are these Christians? Are they Christians? And what are they influencing in America?

Let’s take a quick look at the top ten:

1. T.D. Jakes
2. Joel Osteen
3. Billy Graham
4. Rick Warren
5. Bill Hybels
6. Paul Crouch
7. Joyce Meyer
8. George W. Bush
9. James Dobson
10. Chuck Colson

Very encouraging, right? Wrong! The list was made from The Church Report’s magazing and online readers. I don’t think this is encouraging at all. I’m not surpised just disappointed. It seems that the measurement of influence stems from worldly standards. If you claim to be a Christian, have a large following and distribution, reach a lot of people and can market yourself properly you too can be one of the most influential Christians in America.

I am glad to see Joni Eareckson Tada and John Piper on the list though.

tagged as , in Culture,theology

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 centuri0n January 16, 2006 at 4:43 pm

(1) Next year I will be on that list.

(2) In order to get there I am going to build a 100,000 seat stadium and give away beer during “worship” time so people can get “in the right spirit”. Then, instead of preaching, I am going to show episodes of “Foster’s home for Imaginary Friends” and “Teen Titans”, and then take 10 minutes afterwards to emote over the value of imagination and self-actualization.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

(3) Will you still be my friend if I get on that list?


2 Rusty January 16, 2006 at 5:31 pm

that top ten is horiffic =/

3 James Swan January 16, 2006 at 6:32 pm

I vote for Joyce Meyer. She scares me. Nothing like a scary woman to get my vote.

Who does her hair? I vote for her to.

4 pilgrim January 18, 2006 at 2:52 am

Well at least they said most influential, not most Godly example or most scriptural.
Unfortunately, too many of those who are influential teach another gospel.

I don’t write that lightly, I love the gospel, and the Church. But that list is scary overall.

5 Micah January 19, 2006 at 9:20 am

At least Piper finished ahead of Dr. Phil.

6 Gratia January 19, 2006 at 9:13 pm

*Ahem* George Bush???

7 Lady Raven July 4, 2006 at 1:11 pm

Heh, I’ll take Dr Phil over Joyce Meyer, he has less hair.

Notice there isn’t a solid theologian amidst the top ten…–>


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