Farewell, American Idol!

I’m watching Jennifer Lopez on the American Idol finale…

Does this woman ever age?!?

It’s weird to think that a show that started back when I was a kid is going off the air. 

I was 12 years old when American Idol first came on!

When Kelly Clarkson won, I remember thinking that this show was going to change our culture. 

And I was right…

My 12 year old self at least one good idea. Who knew?

Breaking into the music industry was much harder before singing competitions became big. Now YouTube makes it much easier, yet singing shows are popular. 

Will another show come out? 

Or will The Voice become more popular?

A lot of great singers came from Idol (along with several duds) that are still influencing the music industry. 

Yes, this whole post is me rambling about a TV show…

Just weird to think that I’ve lived long enough to see something phase in and out. 

Probably won’t be the last time. 

The Greater Good

I’ve been watching The Voice and it’s fun! The judges fight for good singers. 

They’re building a team of vocalists to compete against each other and the other teams (from what I’ve gathered so far).

Singing  competitions are interesting to me because they showcase the immense amount of talent in our country and around the world. 

Can you imagine if everyone used their gifts and talents for the greater good?

This is where my mind goes when I watch shows like The Voice and American Idol. 

All of that talent…

Most of the stories you hear are about why the singer wants to be famous, to be discovered. 

And there’s nothing wrong with being famous! This is not a post from a bitter wannabe. 

I just wonder if the singers understand the opportunity being placed before them to make a difference. 

Not everyone gets to stand on a platform. Their words and actions aren’t under scrutiny by millions. 

The pressure of fame can be crushing, but it doesn’t have to be. Many celebrities use the spotlight to be a voice for those who don’t have a voice. 

Of course, you don’t have to be a celebrity to make a difference. (I’m assuming everyone knows this truth.)

Watching all of these talent shows, though, has me thinking about the motivations of the heart. 

The trouble with being famous

I watched American Idol tonight for the first time in about 5-6 years. 

Most of the people auditioning were teenagers around 15-18.

They were good, though, I am shocked that their parents are allowing them to be thrust into the public eye at such an early age. 

No pile of money is retribution enough for the microscope of celebrity status. 

Of course, American Idol is a wonderful way to get discovered as well.

Maybe I should call this post “The Pros and Cons of American Idol”….

Let me ask some questions that I hope do a better job at explaining why I’m not sure how I feel about the whole thing:

  • What motivates someone to seek out the spotlight?
  • Can nationwide approval truly offer validation?
  • Is he or she prepared to pay the high cost of fame?

There’s a possibility that I am overthinking, but these are the questions that came to my mind as I watched the show. 

It’s Time for Robin Hood to Retire

I have a question.

Why is it up to the millionaires to “save America”?

This Robin Hood philosophy is great and all, but really?

I am all for helping those who are less fortunate and taking care of the widows and orphans. That’s a biblical principal that all Christians should follow.

However, I have a problem with blaming the rich for the world’s problems. Goodness. Sometimes I wonder if it would even matter who had the money because it seems that there’s never enough.

Will there ever be enough?

What makes you rich?

A house? A car? A kick butt 401(k)?

Is it surprising that the answer does not have to do with any of these things?

Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21,

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

In light of this scripture I have to ask the obvious question:

What is your treasure?

 Sadly, most would say fame and fortune.

I realize this is a bold statement, but if you look around this conclusion is not hard to reach.

May I point out that it’s easy to blame other people when you’re blindly pursuing your own passions?

Now, back to my question:

Why is it up to the millionaires to “save America”?

In my opinion, it’s not. Since when is it okay to pass the buck?

You know, when Nehemiah was instructed to rebuild the wall, everyone helped. It was necessary. They would have all died otherwise. If you don’t believe me go read about it for yourself.

Anyway, I believe that the same thing is true for America.

It’s time to stop passing the buck. If you’re going to bemoan the fate of the country, at least have the courage to say, “It’s my fault.”

This kind of thinking might be extreme, but then again, so is the situation we find ourselves in today.