Mark Joseph, in his blog post entitled “Kris Allen’s ‘American Idol’ Victory Marks the Return of People of Faith to American Popular Music” basically writes that Kris Allen’s victory on American Idol marks the return of people of faith to American popular music.
While his title may be clear (gotta love blogdom for this), I’m not sure it is the encouraging sign that it is being construed as. American Idol (despite it’s horrific name — seriously, think about it) has been pandering to people of faith long before they sang “Shout To The Lord” TWICE in the same evening. Josh Harris provided some good perspective on that particular occurrence.
Bob Kauflin very thoughtfully (no surprise there) considered some upside and some down side of the phenomena and wrote:
There’s something paradoxical about worship songs being sung [EDITOR: AND PEOPLE OF FAITH CELEBRATED] on prime time TV . . . Does the world see any difference between what’s taking place on American Idol and what we do on Sunday mornings? Has worship become part of the entertainment culture? It’s unsettling when Christian songs or worship leaders are acclaimed by the masses. Jesus said in Luke 6:26, “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.” He also said, “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me” (Mt. 15:8). Both verses temper my unbridled enthusiasm.
American Idol, for all the good the show is seeking to do, will never be a platform for worshiping a crucified Messiah. The Gospel has to be gutted of a bloody cross to find a place on prime time TV.