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  • Friday, April 11, 2008

    Skeptical of American Idol singing Shout to the Lord

    Here is the song, as written:



    Here is the song with "my Jesus" removed:



    My skepticism revolves around a couple of items:

    a) Why did the words change from performance to performance? - some think the copyright holder may have forced the issue... a thought I am inclined to agree with.

    b) What is the intent of AI in utilizing this song? - some think it an attempt to pander...another thought I am inclined to agree with since this was, as I understand it, a money raising event.


    Since we can be fairly sure all the singers in that group are not Christians, how is the considering Christian to respond?

    Here are a couple of thoughts:


    ......
    Psalm 31:6
    I hate those who regard vain idols,But I trust in the LORD.

    Psalm 139:20
    For they speak against You wickedly, And Your enemies take Your name in vain.

    Jonah 2:8
    "Those who regard vain idols Forsake their faithfulness,

    I think Christ's exegesis of the prophet Isaiah to the "American Idols" of his day particularly appropriate:

    Matthew 15

    8'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS,
    BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.
    9'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME,
    TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.'"
    ......

    The doctrine being taught - God wants you to give money to American Idol, because we know better than your local church how to help others...

    1 comment:

    Hilbun said...

    In these last days, the Lord is pouring out His Spirit upon all mankind. This song being sung on a show as popular as American Idol is God's mercy being poured out. It also is a testament to God's power that He will do whatever He wants to."The day is coming when you shall see Me in all my power and glory, and you will tremble!"
    In the name of Jesus, Amen.
    Bible Thumper