Okay, I just have to post about this because I am so confused. I have to admit in the early years of American Idol, I gave a strong support and following. I love, love, love to sing and so this was just a show I could relate to. When M and M were young, we even went to the Season 2 Idol Tour concert when they came to Atlanta. You may remember this was Clay Aiken and Rueben Studdard's year.
Anyway. . I promise I have a point. You may remember Mandisa from Season 5, I believe, she is an incredible christian woman that was following her passion with music by participating in Beth Moore's worship team. They travel to various conference via Travis Cottrell's influence and sing prior to her sessions. Mandisa auditioned for American Idol and made it to the top 9. (I have read her book Idol Eyes) So, when she was voted off, the week prior to that she sang "Shackles", by Mary, Mary. (my kids LOVE this song and I do too. S even knows choreography to the entire song, love it. . she says they sing it in worship every day at school, one of the things I love about my kids going to a christian school) Okay, so after she sang that song, "you broke the chains, now I can lift my hands, I just want to praise you, I just want to praise you", Obviously talking about Jesus Christ. Simon says to her," I didn't get it." Of course not, the WORLD doesn't get it, and they won't until we tell them. Anyway, she did it anyway, she took a stand and sang that song, knowing the world would not "get it". Many have followed in her footsteps and have tried to participate in Idol as Christians, but I am sure allowing others to know the true honesty of their faith would surely get them eliminated.
Okay, so this year, I just have not watched many of the episodes, except for the first ones where it is basically a comedy show. Last night on American Idol gives back, the last song was "Shout to the Lord" by Darlene Zschech worship leader of Hillsong Church in Australia. Hillsong is a very open and honest church that is pentecostal and firmly preaches the Bible and evangelism. Yeah for that. So. . as the top 9 or 10 contestants come out all dressed in white, clad with a gospel choir behind them and sing "My Savior, my shepherd, Lord there is none like you, All of my days, I want to praise, the wonders of your Mighty Hand". . . I heard this in the background while I am working on the computer, I had to watch. I stood there watching baffled in amazement that the world was literally watching as this song was being sung. To Who? Were they singing to my Lord? Or was this merely for show or to get more money sent in? I am so confused at the motive or was this merely to worship a great and Mighty God? If anyone saw this and has insight, please let me know? I personally loved it, because even if some of those Idols singing aren't Christians, they sure sang about it and millions heard!! Praise the Lord and thanks American Idol for a little free evangelism for us Christians.