Where are we called as Christians to entertain? Where are we called to use our “gift” to thrill people, or to stir emotions, let alone use talents and abilities we claim God has given us, to compete in a contest where the main objective is for someone to like us well enough that we are…the winner.
I just witnessed a sad and selfish display called Gifted, a terribly misdirected attempt to capitalize on the trashy reality show/American idol craze, and put a Christian spin on it. It was all I could do to sit and listen to Matt Crouch and his wife pull scripture out of context to justify what is nothing more than sorry production to glorify the flesh.
Matt Crouch was so happy to outline all the conditions of the competition, including that pastors across American opened their churches to TBN to host auditions. But not only that, the pastor of the winning church, the church that hosted the winning contestant, would receive $10,000.00. Really makes you think about the old game show shout, “Come on down!”
The “contestants” were obviously talented, even the one young man who wore eyeliner and whose hair stood straight up in the air. But I think about a spiritual upbringing some these “kids” have had, that has them convinced that what they are doing on this program somehow glorifies the Lord of Righteousness. What have they gone through or been taught in their lives? That part is heart breaking.
I heard a lot about being a rock star, being a super star, having a good performance, being an artist and hitting it big in the “Christian music world”. I heard nothing about denying self, taking up the cross daily and following Him, Luke 9:23.
What a hideous and shocking display. I think the words of the programs host said a lot about it all, “God bless you and good luck”. Yep, totally oxymoronic.