Shout To The Lord, on Idol…

So, I am watching American Idol tonight. This is the week of Idol Gives Back, wherein so much money has been given in order to aid those who are suffering around the world. All of a sudden, I can’t believe my ears as they announce the the show will be closed with the contestants singing Shout To The Lord! I could barely believe my ears. It almost expected to hear a different song that I was expecting, but the music began, and, sure enough, it is the song by Darlene Zchech. As I began to wonder how the world this song was allowed to be sung on such a large, secular stage, there it was…the compromise. The Idols sang, “My Shepherd, My Savior, Lord there is none like you…” Did you catch it? The name of Jesus had been stripped from the lyrics. As I began to wonder who in the world, then, had given the promise that is central to the song (that ends the lyrics of the chorus), 2 things hit me as a stark reminder. First, there is power in the name of Jesus! I think Satan was not happy with this song being sung, but he was extremely satisfied that the name of Jesus had been traded for a generic “shepherd.” Second, the name of Jesus is offensive. It was ok to sing about the Lord, or the shepherd, but if the name of Jesus had been uttered, there would have been so many viewers offended and turnded away, or so thought those in charge of the broadcast.

Oh well, I just thought I would mention it. I wonder what Darlene Zchech thought about it. I think she’s pretty solid, but if she knew of the compromise, I’m not so sure I would have been willing to make the same. What do you think?

I Married my bride, Erin, in 2003. We have 3 children: Emma, Elijah, and Lydia. I have served full-time on staff at Westwood Baptist Church, in Roxboro, NC, since summer of 2006 as Pastor of Students & Discipleship. I am currently enrolled at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, pursuing my Doctorate of Education.

What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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