American Idols sing ‘Shout To The Lord’

Posted by Matt Lane on April 10th, 2008 filed in Blurbs

 So did you catch the American Idols last night singing ‘Shout To The Lord’? My wife and I were more than a little surprised which I think was the reaction of many. At first I kinda thought it was cool but then I thought some more and the more I thought about it, the more I thought too many people would like it.  Stay with me on this.

Here is the video (March 9th version) in case you missed it:

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The first thing I’m left with is that they left out the name of Jesus.  Some might say that they had to make the song shorter so they just cut a few lines.  Maybe.  The second thing that I think about is why they are singing this song.  Is it to bring honor and glory to God?  Is it to lift up the name of Jesus?  Is it to further the kingdom of God?  The question that I am left with is what was the intent of them singing that song?

I’m pretty sure they sang the song to bring up the ratings.  I’m pretty sure they played the song to appeal to Christians to give to their charity.  Is that evil?  Debatable.  I realy don’t think we Christians should be all gaga over it. 

Why I am not excited about it?  Well without naming the name of Jesus, their singing to God (or is it god?), while it is nice, it lacks the power that the name of Jesus brings.  It also lacks the exclusivity.  The exclusivity that Jesus is the only way.  Will them singing this do anything to further the kingdom of God?  Will it bring anyone to Jesus?  Doubtful in my mind.

So in the end, it is either neutral or maybe tipping on the negative side.  Am I totally against it?  Nope.  I just don’t get excited when non-Christians invoke the name of God with an agenda.

What say you?  


I missed it but I heard that the Idols sang it again last night (March 10th) WITH Jesus in it.  That’s good.  I’m still not super excited for reasons stated above but does it helps to tip the scales a bit in the right direction. 

Here is that video:

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6 Responses to “American Idols sing ‘Shout To The Lord’”

  1. karen Says:

    All I have to say is, Romans 8:28 All things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose. Whatever Satan tries to take and mean for evil, God can turn around and make it for good. Besides, read all the blurbs on the Idol sites, even the non-christians knew the song was about praise to God. God is moving in the world today!!And have faith that next time, the name of Jesus will be praised on the air!

  2. admin Says:

    The song is powerful no doubt about it and yes I do believe God can use anything for his purposes. I’m still not excited about saying this was a near hit. Maybe I’m wrong. Just what I’m thinking.

  3. Brandy Says:

    In the beginning, they did say “my Jesus, my Savior, Lord there is none like You.”

    So how exactly did they leave out the name of Jesus?

  4. admin Says:

    Nope, listen to it again. They substituted “My Jesus” with “My Sheppard”. Now we Christians know who that is but it loses a LOT of punch on unbelievers.

  5. admin Says:

    Brandy if you are talking about last nights performance, it sounds like you are right.

  6. steffi Says:

    Isn’t Jesus our shepherd? I think a lot of people take things way tooo personal. I’m very happy that they actually sang one of my favorite worship songs. Although I did not hear the first version until i looked it up on You tube. I saw the one that they sang the words My Jesus. I believe it is totally a God thing. He is in control.

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