Time Magazine Names Rand Paul Most Influential
Time Magazine has named Rand Paul among the 100 most influential people in the world. This comes at no surprise given the level of attention Paul has garnered during his service in the U.S. Senate. The media loves controversy and Paul is certainly no stranger to it. Whether it is over balanced budgets, civil rights, airport security, military intervention or protecting children from murder, he is not afraid to defend his moral and constitutional convictions. The sad part is that such convictions are considered controversial in the first place. The good part is that Paul is recognized as having an influence on the nation. Under his listing in the magazine, Sarah Palin writes:
…Sen. Rand Paul is a voice of reason awakening the public to what must be done to restore our prosperity and preserve the blessings of liberty for future generations. His brand of libertarian-leaning conservatism attracts young voters, and recently he inspired the nation with his Capraesque filibuster demanding basic answers about our use of drones.”
In the last two days Paul has questioned John Kerry on foreign aid and Janet Napolitano on airline security. I doubt he’ll get very far in convincing those two of anything. But if he can inspire young people and evangelical conservatives like Palin, then perhaps we can look for his influence to be most evident in the 2014 and 2016 election cycles. For all our sakes, let’s hope so!
It is refreshing to see someone who articulates the principles of limited government so well rising in popularity. It makes me anxious for what lies ahead. As always, though, we must not forget that our hope is in the person of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom. Our faith is not in horses, chariots, legislators or opinion polls. The power of the gospel through the Holy Spirit is what brings nations to repentance and righteousness. It’s the Christian’s privilege to proclaim that joyful news. Rand Paul is just one man. What are you doing to be an influence in the world?