I Voted for Mandisa

29 Mar

I love American Idol.  I’m one of those people who even
loves Simon.  I am also one of those people who votes; it is toll free
after all.  Well, as much as I love American Idol and Simon and Paula and
Randy, something happened on the show tonight that was subtly shocking.  It was one of those things that you might not
really notice at first, but the more you think about it, the more alarming it
becomes.  I am not talking about something Simon said to Ryan or how high Paula appeared to be.  What happened on American Idol tonight, though a trivial stage, was something that literally bears eternal significance.

 Tonight, Mandisa, who is probably the most talented
performer on the show, chose to sing a Christian song.  She sang “Shackles (Praise Him)” by
MaryMary.  Though it wasn’t her best
vocal performance of the entire season, it was one of the best performances of
the night.  (Most of the performances
tonight were simply mediocre.)  However, Mandisa
received the some of the harshest criticism of tonight’s show, based mainly on
her song choice.  The judges made it very
clear that it wasn’t the type of song they wanted to hear on their show.  When it came time for Simon to give his
comments, he looked like he was trying to murder her with his stare.  He was visibly angry and disturbed.  

 For the first time on the show, Mandisa looked like she was
about to cry.  Paula, who was the most
upbeat about the performance, questioned the song choice, but praised the
vocals.  She made the comment that she
started a new religion and that people were going to start worshipping in the church
of Mandisa.  When she hear Paula say this, Mandisa looked
shocked, her eyes were wide and she began shaking her head as if to say she was
not the one who should be worshipped. 
She was speechless.  She is such a
strong woman, and she took a bold step to sing a song that represented her
Christian faith.  However, it seemed that
the response of the judges almost broke her down.  She fell from grace in the judges eyes
because she chose a Christian song.  

As I started thinking about all this, I remember a time when
Christianity was popular in America.  I remember the decline in Christianity’s
popularity, when Christians got the reputation of being stiff and no fun.  Still, though, Christians were respected for
their beliefs.  Slowly and stealthily,
society has turned Christianity into a despised religion.  The beliefs on which this country was founded
have now become unacceptable.  Somewhere
between the “intellectual” movement and the hate messages of radical extremists
who claim to be Christians, our religion has become intolerable in a nation
that prides itself on its tolerance.

Our God of love has been turned into a God of hate.  Our Lord and Savior has been turned into a
cult creating madman.  Our pastors are
brainwashers.  And we, believers, have become ignorant weaklings who simply follow because we are not intelligent enough to
understand science and not strong enough to get through life without making
up a god to give us all the answers. 

I admit that I have been somewhat apathetic to the changes in
society’s attitude toward Christianity. 
I never thought it would really affect me, living in the Bible belt
south. It may never really have a significant affect on my life, but that’s not the real issue here. Until now, I have never given much though to the fact that what matters isn’t how it affects me, but that what matters, what really
matters, is how it affects those who do not know the grace and the love of Jesus Christ.  What really matters is that person who may
never know the salvation He offers.

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7 Responses to “I Voted for Mandisa”

  1. kanakuk22 Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 9:42 am #

    Mandisa is from KAA…UKNOW!!!!!!!

  2. Anduril_Fury Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 11:15 am #

    WOW….Excellent post…and so true. And just food for thought, the “tolerance” referred to so commonly in society isn’t exactly true tolerance.

  3. kac7 Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 2:58 pm #

    hmmmm…….i haven’t followed American Idol in a few years. Although, I’m not surprised by what you said about the judges response……and I guess, that makes me think as well……i’m not surprised. When did that happen? When did we stop being surprised……… When did we lose our voice? When did the other voices start drowning us out? In a baby country that is a little over two hundred years old, we have so quickly lost all semblance to what we were founded on……… we were founded on the right to worship: free of persecution and tyranny– but here we are again staring our oppressors square in the eye………………….we have in our own selves become our own american “idol”
    good post.  

  4. Anonymous Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 6:59 pm #

    Thanks for the comment! Love ya! Laters!

  5. Anonymous Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 10:26 pm #

    Hey Laura! It’s amazing who all you can find on here! Hows every little thing? Not to bad here! Mandisa is AWESOME! But you know that Bucky or Rocky (Which ever one he is) and Ace is FINE!! Lol! Ne wayz! I guess Imma go! Hope to see you soon!

  6. kiminchina Monday, April 3, 2006 at 12:29 pm #

    Hey-we need to talk soon!  My mom had an interesting talk with Tami.  We have much to discuss!  Oh, the fun phone call was from Denene and Leslie.  It was hilarious.  They were just talking and laughing!  Anyway-I miss you!

  7. Anonymous Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at 5:08 pm #

    Hey! You got to comment me! I’m with Kiaya bout Ace! He is fine, but ROCKY??! She is out of it! Love you! CAN’T WAIT FOR THE BABY!! Talk to you LATER!!

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