Archive for April 16th, 2007

Ingrid makes a pretty harsh stab at American Idol contestant Phil Stacey. Phil is a Top 7 finalist on American Idol. He is a devout Christian, family man, Navy vocalist, Christian songwriter, and a worship leader in his local church. After his father-in-law writes a letter to the media about Phil’s Christian music, many in the discernment camp fire out insults. This is a dissection of Ingrid’s letter back to Phil Stacey’s father-in-law.

What’s a “devout Christian” doing attempting to become an “American idol?” Is this what Jesus did when he came 2000 years ago? Was he interested in winning a popularity contest by the world, or was He going about His Father’s business here on earth?

This coming from a woman who speaks on a radio show that airs around the world and promotes her show when ever she gets an opportunity. Today they talked about the issues of tax reform in America, specifically attacking the Democratic Party. What exactly is she doing becoming a political activist/analyst? Is this what Jesus did when he came 2000 years ago? Did he want us to be radio talk show hosts or to go about our Father’s business?

Only in America do Christians believe they can have the applause of the world while still obtaining the blessing of God. Christians in North Korea and China and other nations around the world know that following Jesus will cost them everything. Not so, in America. Our American idol (the god of evangelicalism) calls us to be personally successful, popular and all that we can be. The true Jesus calls us to die to ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Him.

Probably one of the most twisted teachings of the discernment party is this concept that is you are not suffering horribly then you are out of God’s will. There is no room to be a successful artist, a influential doctor or anything other than a distressed human being. Here Ingrid basically says that American Christians should not pursue the dreams and plans that God has for us because the church is suffering in North Korea and China. When Jesus calls us to “die to ourselves”, he is not asking us to live some impoverished simple life, but to lay down our own plans and ambitions for His.

So what would that look like with and American Idol? Well, right now American Idol is the most watched television program on the air. Basically Phil Stacy has the largest platform in all of America. He has openly said that he is a believer, and is now interested in sharing his music with the world that shares the truth of the gospel. He has authorized this open letter to the press. I cannot speak for the man, but it would be easy for him to just be an idol… to just soak in the glory and make it all about him. But, he has died to self and is making this a ministry opportunity.

Two things… Why is it not ok for Phil Stacey to pursue this dream, but men like David Crowder, Chris Tomlin and Steven Curtis Chapman pursue it? The music of these men is played all over Mike Corley’s show each week. Is this not a double standard? Also, why are they not attacking anyone in a prominent position in the world… Christian doctors, politicians, lawyers, authors, media personality… why now attack a man who is interested in using the largest public platform in the world to share the gospel.

Ingrid ends with this

When you do that, you will lose the applause of the world, period.

Maybe if you taught the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ and not the idea that to follow Christ means to be impoverished, persecuted and tormented, we would not lose so much of the applause of the world.

This quote by Marianne Williamson sums things up for us as Christians

Our deepest fear is not that we are in adequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond all measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us the most. We ask ourselves, “who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just some of us; it’s in all of us. And, when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberated others.

PLEASE NOTE:  The author or this blog does not support all of the ideas, philosophies, writings or theologies from Williamson.  All I am saying is that this quote sums up my thoughts.  The end.

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I think this video, The Inquisition, speaks for itself (specifically the music). I would love to hear your thoughts.

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I am not going to spend too much time on this article, but I found it to be funny. While many in the discernment camp claim to not be 5-pointer Calvinists, most of them publish articles with titles like Why I am a Calvinist. You figure it out. Probably the most confusing part of all this is that they have attacked people with less reformed views as heretics.

But, it looks like the roles were reversed this week. apparently Jerry Falwell has come out and said that Limited Atonement is heresy. Now, I don’t agree with that at all, but it is funny to see these guys scramble when their theology is publicly addressed as heresy. Apparently it is alright for them to call non-Calvinists heretics, but when it is reciprocated they have an issue. Just thought that to be a bit funny. You can read Mike Corley’s blog on it here.

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