The Gospel's 'little guy' and our thinking God's power and significance rests in the well platformed, rich, and famous
One of the uniquenesses of the Gospels is that they are truly a new genre in the ancient Greco-Roman world. Ancient literature would never give roles of significance to the poor or marginalized--never. In this the Gospels are unique and should play a part determining what God is doing in Jesus through the gospel.
One thing that stands out in the New Testament Gospels is that we should understand God's interest in the "little guy," the poor and marginalized. Rather, we, Christians and the larger Christian community, tend, like our culture, still to prize the celebrity, the rich and powerful, the well platformed--whether they be Christians or not. It is also one reason we tend to prize celebrity conversions or "if the mayor . . ." or ". . . bank president . . ." or ". . . athlete gets saved, think of all the influence and good they'd do." It is why--at least one reason why--we have university ministries and not community college ministries. The list can go on, but I think you get the point.
Chip M. Anderson, advocate for biblical social action; pastor of an urban church plant in the Hill neighborhood of New Haven, CT; husband, father, author, former Greek & NT professor; and, 19 years involved with social action.