Music of your life
Who's Your Idol
-- You’d think Simon Cowell would be used to it by
But the caustic American Idol judge was railing again about the
“tone-deaf” auditioners that he, along with Paula
Abdul and Randy Jackson, is forced to endure.
“If you had lived 2,000 years ago and sung like that, I
think they would have stoned you.”
“And THAT is what you think we are looking for?”
“You have wasted my time— You have wasted everybody’s
The television show American Idol all starts with 80,000 hopefuls
waiting in line for days. It ends each season with ONE person
being crowned before 30 million viewers as the next American Idol.
All those rejections...all that pain (for singer and audience
alike) seem like a high price to pay for a chance at “celebrity/immortality.”
A recent AP news article lamented for the rejected masses that
“Every good soul deserves a place in television heaven.”
But as we all know, “TV heaven” is a place reserved
for the talented, the attractive, the lucky few who somehow manage
to squeak in. Fortunately for the rest of us, the REAL heaven
is not like that. There are plenty of openings. In fact, an infinite
To make it into the real heaven, you need no talent, no skills
or special looks. All you need is to believe that Jesus is God
and that He performed the greatest act in history when He died
on a cross and rose again. Does that sound ridiculous? How ridiculous
is it to take a one-in-80,000 chance to become an “idol”
and most likely end up just making a fool of yourself on TV?
Some of the reactions from rejected hopefuls in the show have
“I tried my best.”
“I’m a good person.”
Those are surely true statements, but sincerity did not win them
the prize. The truth is, in the real heaven your best is nowhere
near good enough for entrance either. And thank goodness it doesn’t
have to be! (Neither is your worst ever bad enough to keep you
This concept is clearly stated in the Bible:
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
There is only One who was ever good enough to make the cut, and
He got into heaven first and then paid your entrance fee too.
(He was related to the show’s “Producer.”)
1 Peter 3:18 puts it this way:
Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous,
to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made
alive by the Spirit,
Acts 13:38 agrees:
Through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.
Once forgiven, you stand in a new relationship with God, and
the gap between you and Him is removed forever. You can now enjoy
full communion with your Creator. Jesus Christ becomes not only
your Savior, but your Idol as well. Make Him so — and you
will not need to prove yourself to God again. If you want to begin
a new relationship with God right now, you can tell Him so through
prayer. Prayer is simply a way of talking to Him:
Dear Lord, I come before You on the stage of my life today.
I have no act good enough to perform that would get me into
heaven. I believe that Jesus is the only One capable, and that
He performed the greatest act in history to get me in too when
He died and rose again. I believe that now, and I believe He
is Your Son. As You accept me today, I will be Your fan and
follow You forever. Amen.
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