I’m sorry….. was that “Shout to the Lord” I just heard all the American Idol contestants belt-out? I, uh… I don’t really know what to think. What WAS that?! I know last night was the “Idol Gives Back” show, so the producers are probably trying to continue the whole feel-good mood into tonight….but “Shout to the Lord????” Why???!!!!
I have two immediate thoughts:
1. I think it’s great that God’s name is being lifted-up, even if it’s potentially by the voices of unbelievers. It reminds me of the verse that talks about how one day every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. Whether they believe it or not, it’s just the truth, and it’s always a good thing when that’s proclaimed. Like when Paul said in Philippians that “whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice.” (although I don’t think the word “Jesus” is actually in “Shout to the Lord.”)
2. I’m slight offended by the arrogance and presumption of the American Idol production machine. To have eight people, who probably have a range of religious beliefs, sing a blatantly Christian song on national tv with supposed conviction, riding a tidal wave of a celebrity charity….it just feels dishonest to me. Like someone said, “Hey, I know! Let’s stick a super-Christian song about God in there! All the small-town people will know it, we’ll stir-up some mushy feelings and we come-off looking sensitive and religious.” It just feels like a big marketing ploy. But whatever, it’s not like I had any religious expectations for American Idol anyway, it IS all about marketing for them.
What did you think when you saw this? Did you think it was weird or really cool or really stupid? I’m not exactly sure what I’m thinking here…