Thursday, April 10, 2008
Not sure what to think of last night's Idol Gives Back show. I caught a few snippets here and there. What really took me aback was the performance of the song 'Shout to the Lord' at the end of the show. WHAT??!!! Yes, that's right, they were all dressed in white singing a very Christian song in a very secular arena.
What really bothered me was the way they changed the first line from "My Jesus, my Savior" to "My Shepherd, my Savior". It could be argued that Jesus is the only One referred to as Shepherd, but it still rubs me the wrong way.
Here is my take on it. It could be a few different things. Either they are trying to score more donations by appealing to Christians, who are known for their giving, or they are trying to make the song into an all-encompassing 'god' song, and appeal to all religions.
Either way, it bothers me. I love that song, and it really did sound amazing with so much talent behind the vocals, but it still leaves me feeling like something is wrong with that picture.
Maybe it all stems back to the fact that the show is called American Idol. That in itself has always bothered me. I watch the show because I love music and singing, but I always feel guilty for watching a show that exalts humans to the point of calling them idols. I don't want to worship any human. God commands us to stay away from idols, to worship only Him.
Anyway, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. I'm sure there are some very valid points out there that I haven't thought of.
Posted by Stacey at Thursday, April 10, 2008