Archive for May, 2005

American Idol(s)

May 26th, 2005

I was given a reminder this morning as to the state of our nation as I heated my waffles and tuned to the Fox News Channel. Not surprisingly the network was giving coverage to its beloved American Idol finale. Some blonde-headed country girl won I think (I’ve never seen an episode of the show). What at first just irked me began to become downright frustrating because for 20 minutes they didn’t cover a single news story. It’s obvious people care about the latest “Idol” more than the real state of our nation, and stories that affect us.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not completely against American Idol as a show (its just a glorified Star Search). I’m am, however, intrigued by the fact that we are now explicitly calling what has been for some time. Make no mistake, America has had Idols long before the show was even conceived. Only recently has it become socially cool to have an idol, though.

Even more perplexing is why Christians participate in the show. What believer in Christ really wants to be an idol for America? It’s dumbfounding to me.

I’m reminded of the sermon by Louie Giglio entitled “Worship: It’s what we do.” He began by showing a video of Michael Jackson arriving at a large city in Europe. The fans were gathered in the tens of thousands, shouting, screaming and raising their hands as Michael walked out. Some fans were crying, others were jumping. They all were worshipping.

You worship what you value most…period.

Tyson General, Theology

Space Weapons

May 19th, 2005

Do we really need weapons in space? Honestly…

Tyson Politics

Christian Affirmation – A Closer Look

May 19th, 2005

Recently, a few handpicked “leaders” of the Church of Christ fellowship (of which I was raised in) collaborated to form a document they coined the “Christian Affirmation” (link). It is necesssary to note that the churches of Christ have no official governing body, technically. Each church is autonomous under its own leadership of elders, ministers and lay persons. We do, however, have a network of schools and universities which act as a pseudo-government when problems arise. This has persisted for decades now.

The affirmation seeks to “clarify” and “unite” churches of Christ by expounding on three issues that have given “identity” to the fellowship historically.

Question 1: Why does our particular church sign need an identity? Can’t we let each autonomous branch define its own identity?

Proposed Answer: If each church is able to make decisions on fellowship, doctrine and worship without outside influence, we lose the ability to feel safe (or satisfied) when someone says they belong to a “church of Christ”. What does that mean? Which church of Christ, the one on Elm St. or Maple St.? Yes, heaven forbid, if this were the case we would actually have to ask each person if they believed in Jesus as the Son of God. Obviously this is beyond reason…

Question 2: Do the signers of the Christian Affirmation really believe acapella worship is as important as baptism or communion?

Proposed Answer: With a few exceptions, yes. Nevermind the fact that there is no clear directive for acapella / instrumental music in the New Testament. After all, our identity is at stake. (Side note: We are told to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to one another. What is the difference between a psalm and a hymn?)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m passionate about Christian unity more than anything. I’m also passionate about exposing disunity and those who purposely make it difficult to come to Christ. The very nature of God is to work in ways that we do not expect, and I’m sure that when we surround the great throne, there will be those there whom we did not expect to see. Meanwhile, let us fix our thoughts on Jesus, who starts and finishes our faith.

Tyson Theology