2017 was a year of change. Donald Trump became president, Russia became front page news, and the media went nuts – more so than usual. But 2017 was also a huge year for Christians and their impact on culture. Evangelicals made a real impact – perhaps more than in any year in recent memory. Here are five Christians who made the biggest difference.
1. Mike Pence
In 2017, Mike Pence went from being the governor of a mid-sized state to Vice President of the United States. For many evangelicals, Trump’s choice of Pence as his VP sealed their support for the Republican ticket. Pence made an immediate impact, breaking six ties in the Senate in his first year in office. By contrast, Joe Biden was not called upon to break a tie vote once in eight years. Pence has spoken at the March for Life and the World Summit of Persecuted Christians. He is a strong ally for the pro-life movement.
2. Steve Green
President of Hobby Lobby, Green serves as chairman of the board for the recently opened Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Green is the holder of the world’s largest private collections of rare biblical artifacts. The 430,000-square-foot, $500 million museum has attracted worldwide acclaim and attention.
3. Paula White
The Florida televangelist has become known as Trump’s “God whisperer.” She rallied support for Trump among evangelicals and serves, essentially, as the president’s chief spiritual adviser. She was one of six faith leaders to speak at his inauguration. White’s influence has been credited for Trump’s position on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
4. Lee Strobel
In April, a documentary was released on his life. The former atheist journalist’s quest to disprove biblical accounts of the resurrection led him to a commitment to Jesus Christ. The movie highlighted Strobel’s books, such as The Case for Christ, which have rocketed to best-sellers lists, both inside and outside faith movements.
5. Beth Moore
The #MeToo hashtag spread like a wildfire this past October with women worldwide sharing their stories of how they were sexually assaulted or harassed. Beth Moore, the 60-year-old founder of Living Proof Ministries, launched her own movement, #WeToo. Moore has called out racism, misogyny, and arrogance in the church, writing, “We’ve let evil overtake the entire reputation of evangelicalism.”