Friday, January 19, 2007

I've only seen short clips of it in the past, but I've heard the television show American Idol has now reached a new low: humiliating kids 16 and 17 years old, then laughing at them as they cry on national TV. The producers apparently think it's funny to ruin people's lives--because some of these contestants might never recover from this particular kick in the teeth. They think it's humorous to take people who think they're talented and make sure they know they're not by the end of the audition.

It's a sick, twisted form of entertainment and I can't for the life of me understand why people watch it. I guess I would've felt the same way about the Roman Coliseum. And this is what America has become: a giant theater full of people waiting in anticipation for the next victims. I guess you could make the argument that the contestants asked for it--but does anyone deserve cruelty and emotional abuse? And for what? A night's entertainment?

Personally, the name American Idol itself was enough to make me avoid the show like the plague. It has been very successful at raising up a number of idols for people to worship, and I want no part of that.

Evil takes pleasure in destroying anything good, and that is what takes place on this and other Reality TV shows. America has become a nation of voyeurs--thriving on the pain and humilation of others.

The contrast between this and the Word of God is stark: "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you."
Eph 4:32

Jesus called us salt and light--I think He expects us to say something--even if no one listens.

And so . . . I'm off to email American Idol producers:


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