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American Idol(s)

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


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