comment "All that's wrong with American Evangelism in one tweet." The more I looked at this, the more I agreed with the sentiment. There are at least 3 realities of American Evangelism present in this picture.
First, the unbiblical elevation of so called celebrity pastors. To even become one of these celebrity pastors you must pastor a church that can only be classified as "mega". Not that the size of a congregation is an any way, shape, or form a biblical measure of a pastor's having faithfully discharged his duty according to scripture.
Rick Warren, the man on the left as you look at the picture, is the pastor of Saddleback Community Church in Orange County California (which averages around 20,000 people each Sunday). Despite numerous concerns over his theology in the past (here, here, and here) and his pragmatic approach to ministry, Warren continues to be a driving force in the evangelical world. In American evangelicalism book sales and church growth are far more important than a right understanding of who God is and how He calls us to serve Him.
The second trait of American evangelicalism in this picture is the over emphasis on social justice. Now, I am not against seeing good done around the world. I am in favor of clean water, hospitals and medicine, and education in countries where those things are lacking. But those things are not the mission of the church. No matter how badly Millenials want to "be a part of something bigger than themselves", social justice is not what God has called His people to do as their primary focus. (FYI, the mission of the church is to glorify God by making disciples of all nations through the proclamation of the gospel.) In American evangelicalism it is more important to do things the world will applaud as good than it is to do the one thing that will actually do the world good.
The third, and perhaps most tragic, aspect of American evangelicalism displayed here is the inability of the majority of American evangelicals to distinguish between biblical faith and practice and a placebo faith that leads to a faulty practice.
You see the comment of the person who originally tweeted this photo? It reads in part: "This is how you change the world." I assume this person is referring to Warren's willingness to partner with unbelievers like Elton John in the pursuit of social justice causes. The lack of biblical knowledge and discernment in what passes for Christianity in America is appalling.
What Warren should be doing in that picture if he wants to change the world is to stand up and preach the terrifying wrath of God against sinners and the astonishingly lavish mercy of God to save those save sinners if they will only repent of their sins and follow Jesus.
But I guess that might cause too many feathers to get ruffled in the American evangelical world,