Well, Christianity Today has released its stats for the year. Included in this is a list that informs us of the top 15 most read articles for 2012. There are a few noble inclusions, most notably at number 15 is the report on the death of Chuck Colson. Coming after this is a smattering of Christian soap opera stories. These include the lawsuits and counter lawsuits regarding the finances and smear campaigns at the Trinity Broadcasting Network (whatever that is). Then there was James MacDonald’s resignation from the Gospel Coalition. That was big news.
Of course politics was well represented. Coming in at number 13 was a discussion between John Piper and a representative from Jews for Jesus. I haven’t read the article, but I’m sure we could guess how it might go. Then there was the Obama vs Romney playoff which was always going to get a mention. Stoking this story was the fact that Romney was after all a Mormon.
Sex sells. The Driscoll family Q&A came in at 11.
The top 5 gets serious. One article is about the suicide of a prominent man following molestation accusations. Number 3 is about how Christianity (I think they actually mean Sunday church!) has come to be characterised by juvenility (Is that a word? Is that the right word?).
Number 2 – it was always going to happen. A pastor steps out of line on the issue of homosexuality. I bet he regrets that!
Hurry up and tell me… quickly… what are you doing? WHAT IS IT?
The most read article for 2012 was – Clothing Matters: What We Wear to Church.
Let’s get a little bit real about this. The simple fact of the matter is that on a theological, social, ethical, and any other spectrum, clothing really doesn’t matter. That this article is number one reveals much about the modern church. There is so much Christian news that is newsworthy, but instead we are given this.
The only time this title and accompanying article should have had any traction was on the 9th (?) day of the world when Adam and Eve were reeling with their never-before-seen threads provided by God.
Now that would have been something to write home about!