I am a huge American Idol fan from start to finish of the competition. After several years of watching, I am still amazed at some of the auditioners that truly think they can sing. Those poor judges. First they have to listen to the contestant brag about how good "everyone" (usually their momma) says they sound; then the judges have to listen to the awful attempt at proving the accolades are deserved.
Let's draw a parallel of that auditioning process with Christianity. So very many people claim to be Christians, and many of them can be found in a church somewhere on Sunday morning. But what if we had to audition? What if we had to stand before a group of judges and prove we are really saved?
In a way we do every single day with our behavior and attitudes in front of a world full of judges. In the same way Simon has been known to walk out of the auditioning room because the contestants were soooo bad, many people want nothing to do with Christianity because of the poor daily auditions of those claiming to be Christians.
Worse than that, one day we will even stand before the judge. He will encompass the mercy and kindness of Paula, the level-headedness of Randy, and the direct honesty of Simon all to perfection. Our entire lives will be before Him as an audition.
This is not to imply we earn our way into heaven, of course, but even the best American Idol contestants are expected to grow and improve throughout the competition. The fruit of our lives will prove whether we have truly been saved by grace and are growing as Christians. Will your momma be the only one proclaiming your greatness at the audition, or will Christ's greatness shine through you for the world to see?
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I have never watched American Idol, both because we watch almost no network TV, and because I believe that the name of the show is all too indicative of our idolatry of performers.
From what I have heard of it, however, this seems to be an excellent analogy. I particularly liked the sentence:
"He will encompass the mercy and kindness of Paula, the level-headedness of Randy, and the
direct honesty of Simon all to perfection."
You have illustrated a convicting reminder to live a life for which we would be found guilty of being a Christian by the preponderance of the evidence.
I like the way you compare American Idol show and Christianity. Although I don't like the title of the show, because of the word "idol" I am a fan of the show also, especially during seasons 1 and 2. People are watching us Christians everyday and there will be "Simon, Paula and Randy" who will judge us in this world. But what's important is how God sees our hearts, and our honest motives and the way we portray our lives. May we continue to let our lights shine so others may see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven. Keep on writing. You are a good writer! Blessings, Gloria