“Shout to the Lord” on American Idol

It was interesting to hear “Shout to the Lord” on Fox TV’s American Idol last week on April 9-10. It was also peculiar to hear them replace “My Jesus” with “My Shepherd” the first night and revert back to “My Jesus” the next night. Christians should be neither ecstatic nor distressed. I planned to write an essay about this, but then decided it unnecessary after reading the blog entries of Bob Kauflin and Josh Harris (see below). I appreciate their thoughts.

Check out the following articles:
http://www.worshipmatters.com/2008/04/shout-to-the-lord-on-american-idol/
http://www.joshharris.com/2008/04/american_idol_and_shout_to_the_1.php
http://www.joshharris.com/2008/04/more_on_idol_and_shout_to_the_1.php
http://www.joshharris.com/2008/04/inside_scoop_on_shout_to_the_l.php

Here’s another perspective from Catholic columnist Michael Giltz, who is offended that American Idol made all 8 of the contestants sing the song. He feels the group sing-along is an attempt of the show to evangelize or convert people. While I don’t agree with Giltz, it is an interesting read:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/emamerican-idolem-jesus-c_b_96176.html

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