American Idol sensation Colton Dixon enjoyed a long-awaited homecoming in Murfreesboro, Tenn., this weekend. Talking to fans at World Outreach Church, Dixon made a point to share the Gospel and talk about how God used his experience this year in season 11 of the American Idol show.
"John 13:16 says a servant isn't greater than his master nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him," Dixon said. "Guys, I'm just a messenger. I am just like everybody else. I mess up...I'm human, just like everybody else in this room. But He used a wretch like me."
Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg declared May 26th a day to honor Dixon. News of “Colton Day” actually trended worldwide for a while on the social networking site Twitter.
The 7th place Idol contestant also received video messages from some big names in the Christian music industry, including Mac Powell of the Grammy award winning group “Third Day” and former Idol contestants Mandisa, Melinda Doolittle and Chris Daughtry. Powell said he looks forward to touring with Dixon some day in the near future.
Dixon then headed over to his alma mater, Middle Tennessee Christian School where he greeted fans and signed autographs for several hours.
He tweeted about the meeting saying, “met fans and took pics for 6 hours today…So nice to meet you guys!”
Fans, some who traveled from as far away as Texas and New Jersey, didn’t mind standing in line to meet their favorite Idol contestant. Many took to Twitter and Facebook to express their enthusiasm after meeting the talented and humble Dixon.
Sheryl Lynn Mack tweeted, “just had an awesome conversation with Colton Dixon about being an imitator of Jesus. So cool to get to meet him.”
“Thanks for not being ashamed of the gospel, “tweeted Todd Hunley.
During his stint on American Idol, Dixon was open and honest about his faith. He often initiated prayers before and after tapings.
“I was told to watch out for religious or political tweets and comments. I was told it could harm my chances. I understand what they were saying and where they were coming from,” Dixon told the Daily News Journal.
But he didn’t shy away from professing how he felt about God. One of Dixon’s idols is fellow Christian and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.
“Tim Tebow encouraged me as a fellow believer who is not ashamed and not afraid to share his faith,” Dixon said. “it’s cool to see people who stand up for what they believe in. With Christians in the public view, people are waiting to see them mess up, to fall or fail. That’s ridiculous. Christians are human beings. They aren’t perfect just because they are faithful.”
Dixon said he is grateful that God provided American Idol as a platform to share his Christianity faith.
“The biggest thing is how God impacted lives. I don’t care if it hurt my chances (on the show) or not; it is who I am. My faith is who I am.”
Dixon is currently working on plans for an album to be released this year. He will also perform on the "American Idols Live 2012" tour this summer.
CBN News asked Dixon to attend the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner as its special guest on April 28. Dixon caught the attention of CBN News Director Rob Allman when he ignored Idol producers' suggestions to soft peddle his faith on the show.
"I think it was pretty clear from the beginning where Colton's heart is," Allman said. "His heart is in Christianity and his strong feelings for God."
“I was raised in the Christian faith,” Dixon said. My parents taught me the core belief from a very young age. It is part of who I am.”