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American Idol’s amazing popularity makes it a very interesting subject for cultural criticism. This year’s win of a former worship leader over an androgynous rocker raised the following question on GetReligion, an insightful blog:

Has Sunday morning in megachurch America already turned into the American Idol minor leagues?

Now I add my own questions: is the American church so worldly that such a question even makes sense? Why would worship leaders in Christian churches be potential powerhouses of pop? Pop is an ever-evolving ode to the ephemeral: can the church afford to communicate with its music that what matters is ever now and not then? What does music sound like when it’s produced by those who have their minds “set on things above” (Col 3:1)?

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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