Keep that in mind when you read this.
On December 19, 2005, Time magazine annouced an interesting trio of people as its Persons of the Year: "For being shrewd about doing good, for rewiring politics and reengineering justice, for making mercy smarter and hope strategic and then daring us to follow, Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono are Time's Person of the Year." Who is seen to be doing the most good in the world today--or at least having the most influence? Not the church, it seems, or any of its representatives, but the creator of Microsoft and his wife and a rock star.
Spencer Burke and Barry Taylor, A Heretic's Guide to Eternity, pp. 84-85
I know many Christian people who will never have the rock-star status or wealth of those people (and they won't curse us with Windows Vista, either). Some of them have left their homes, and gone to other places to take the Gospel, and some of those places are hostile to that endeavor. Others have families and homes and jobs, not much wealth or status, but live Christian lives among those around them. Some are preachers who have lives faithfully for many years among their peoples, have experienced hard times, done weddings and funerals, and are there to comfort when things happen to their people.
But, no, they get slapped in the face by Burke and Spencer, because Time magazine picks other people as their Persons of the Year. Maybe those people I know just need better PR people, and to make a bigger noise when they bother to do something good.
Perhaps this is one things meant by Jesus' statement about many who are last will be first.