Thursday, March 19, 2009

American Idol: Over Half the Finalists are Christians (or have strong ties to the church)

This season's American Idol is shaping up to be a gospel music showdown. reports that:

"This season . . . Christians . . . are . . . watching because more than half of this year's crop of finalists — including Danny Gokey, Michael Sarver, Kris Allen, Scott MacIntyre, Matt Giraud and Lil Rounds — either have a strong affiliation with the church or are worship leaders in their communities."

And here's an interesting quote that begins the article:

'[This year's 'Idol'] shows that a Christian singer can have artistic integrity,'

Read the entire article here and come back and respond to these questions:

Understanding that we are called to come out and be separate (2 Corinthians 6:17), is this a case of Christian sellouts trying to come as close as possible to the world (you know, the whole "friendship with the world = enmity with God" truth that James talks about)?
Or are they being providentially elevated to a position of incredible influence because of their faithfulness (like the Old Testament prophet Daniel)?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So, I think the answers to your questions can't be answered here in the present. They can only be answered through the benefit of hindsight when you can see what fruit has been produced. After all, that is how we are all to be judged, by the fruit that we produce, right? And speaking of judging, at least one of these folks will probably make some kind of a mistake this season and when they do I hope that we (the Christian community) remember the Grace that has saved us before we cast our stones. -- Alan