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Even as secular a society as we are, maybe I'm being naive -- but I still think Jesus would be #1.2nd: Oprah Winfrey3rd: Barack Obama
1) Jesus2) Bill Gates3) Obama
I am answering the question as those people who influence ME in America - not who influences America. Jesus is a given.1. Dianne Ross2. Rick Warren3. Ronald Reagan (yes ... still influencing)(honorable mention: Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rick Ross, Larry Hubbard [elder], Jimmy Allen, Rubel Shelley, Casting Crowns)
Oprah - she says "buy a Kindle" and they sell out. She says "read this book" and it's a best seller. Obama - he's convinced a country that a young, inexperienced, minority can lead the most powerful country in the world. That's influence. Plus, Oprah said to elect him.Hillary Clinton or Rick Warren - I'm not sure where to go with this one. Hillary's supporters are passionate which makes me think she might be most influencial. On th other hand, I think Warren reaches more Christians and many non-Christians with his books.I'm a bit of a cynic. I'd like to list Jesus but I don't think enough people, even Christian people, allow themselves to be influenced by Jesus as much as they do Oprah. I hope my list is very, very, very wrong.
1. Oprah - she speaks and the world moves. She said the Kindle was a cool product and they sold out before the Christmas rush. She mentions a book and it's a best seller. She supports a Presidential candidate and he wins.2. Obama - a young, inexperienced, minority candidate convinced a nation to vote for him and won (with Oprah's help). 3. Rick Warren - his books attract Christians and non-Christians alike and he got a Presidential debate. That's heady stuff.I tried to limit mine to individuals but I would say that major advertising houses have a significant amount of influence. I would add CNN also.I wish I could say Jesus is the most influential or even one of the top-3 but I don't really feel like that's the case - even among some Christians. I shouldn't say that but feel I can because there are times in my life that I am guilty too.
1. Parents (or lack of)2. Media (whoever or whatever you choose to listen to regularly)3. SelfI don't think this is what you had in mind, but the more I thought about it, the more I came back to these.
If you are asking who influences me the most . . . 1. Jesus2. Kara3. Bono/N.T. Wright (when they are in America visiting) :)If you are asking the 3 most influential people in America right now . . . 1. Obama2. Oprah3. Media Pundits like Rush and CNN
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