This is a great article on a continuing problem in American Christianity:
The problem, in a nutshell, is that if something is said by some Christian personality on the radio, it trumps what your local church pastor—who doesn’t have a radio program, or isn’t on “Christian TV”—says. It’s a form of personality worship; it’s why people will defend Joel Osteen’s indefensible “preaching”, or TD Jakes’ lavish lifestyle, or Charles Stanley’s going back on his word, or… We make heroes out of people, and their word, if they write books or are on the radio, trumps the Bible, or integrity, or what have you.
A corollary to this is Kool-Aid drinking. Clarence Thomas, subject of my previous post, is a man who wasn’t willing to stay on the plantation run by race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, but instead was willing to think for himself, and when the conclusions he reached didn’t match what the massahs said they should, he was faced with the decision to either stand by his convictions or drink the Kool-Aid. He stood by his convictions. And yet, there are evangelicals who’ll drink the Kool-Aid, unthinkingly, for whomever, whether it’s James Dobson, or Jim Wallis, or anybody in between. No…have the courage to own your own convictions, trying your best to base them on the Word of God, and on the evidence at hand, instead of molding what you believe, against your conscience, to conform to the leader of some pack into which you want to fit.