Wednesday, April 25, 2007
How Are You Voting?
I have changed my tune about American Idol. My first exposure to the program was this year's season opener which served up a mean menu of the gifted and the clueless. The first few shows this season generated a lot of controversy for what some (including me) would argue was its gloves-off mistreatment of innocents. It's one thing to subject yourself to international humiliation of you're talentless and arrogant. Therein, perhaps, you get what you deserve. But how about those who are talentless, cluless and set up to fail so the world can giggle and jeer? That's the mean part.
My friend, Jamey, urged me to get out of a cave and give it a chance. I did that. Now I see a dimension, particularly in Simon Cowell, that's real if not somewhat refreshing. You could argue there's a nicer way to critique others. I would agree with that. But his "yes" is "yes" and his "no "is "no." You know where you stand with him. He won't string you along or sychopantically delude you or lead you down a dead-end road or brandish a big goofy grin before he stabs you in the back. Some might argue he could maybe use a little sprinkling of compassion. Then again, I have to ask myself how willing I would be to walk through a filthy trash heap in Africa. Hmmm...
I suppose there's a larger issue about the moral premise of reality television in general. I'm not going there today. The question I have is about how we vote. The judges have said time and again, "This is a singing contest." My boys have a favorite and we let them vote last night. But the question I asked my oldest son as we tucked him into bed was, "Who would win and potentially do the most for the Kingdom?"
I have a favorite entertainer from American Idol and I have in mind someone who might be a good ambassador for Christ. They are not the same.
So, who do you think I should vote for?
(Very cool award-winning photo by Luis Montemayor used with permission. See http://www.flickr.com/photos/luismontemayor/336063971/ for more pics.)
Book Club Announcement: Are you reading Inside Out by Larry Crabb? Good! We will be blogging about it in May (not April as planned). This is a better fit with the end of the semester at DTS. So if you haven't picked it up, you still have time! We'll be hearing from Dr. Ramesh Richard. So plan to join us!