I read an interesting and sensible article today written by Chuck Colson. I don’t think highly of Colson simply because I doubt his sincerity—he seems to have discovered that he could come to Jesus and get out of a lot of trouble, and rescue his reputation somewhat in the process. But he is eminently qualified to write on the subject that was featured in the Christian Post online today: the undue influence of celebrity in evangelical religion.
Colson writes: “People used to be celebrated in our culture for accomplishing something special. George Washington won the Revolution; Charles Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic; Wilma Rudolph set a world record in the 100-meter dash. Now, people are famous for, well, being famous.”
I agree with that wholeheartedly. The superstar preachers of today seem like small potatoes to me, though, compared to someone like Jim Bakker, which calls for a bit of historical perspective.
Before the televangelist scandal, Bakker and others like him had spectacular media success as they preached their un-Christian beliefs. They were the front-runners of the Moral Majority, that moneymaking operation that was put together by Francis Schaeffer and other religious hucksters who saw that they could sell their endorsements.Continue Reading on www.examiner.com