There has been a lot of stuff I have followed in the blogosphere about the American Idol singing the Hillsong worship song Shout to the Lord. That song has meant a lot to many in the American church, so I can see why it was picked. Here are some things people have been saying…
Shout to…who? My former pastor and author Bill Giovannetti does an incredible job reflecting on the idea of what Jesus we really are shouting to while also critiquing very soundly the emergent theologies and their origins. A must read.
Other friends of mine simply are skeptical, jubilant or cautious and with questions about why “Jesus” was omitted then not omitted. Chris Vacher, “Was that possibly the most awkward moment in the history of American Idol?“, Nathan Gaddis “WHAT!?! WOW! Then Ben Stiller came out and pooped all over a really great ending of a show..” and Fred McKinnon says “I’m blown away that this song was on American Idol.” **UPDATE by Paul Joseph, “But surely the A.I. juggernaut has enough sense to ask for permission to change a copyrighted song. Nope.” Here’s a statement from Hillsong Church on CBN.com – no one asked.
My take is that it is awkward to hear a top worship song sung on secular TV that is modern when one might expect “Amazing Grace.” What perhaps is positive is that faith really is in the public square today. My hope is that faith in the Truth would be there as well. I see this as a positive, even though the show choir deal was hard to stomach.