Will wonders never cease.
I turned on "Idol Gives Back" and caught the last thirty minutes thinking they would announce the contestant eliminated this week, but then remembering that they are nicer than that and don't eliminate anyone on the same night they are asking for donations. Anyway, I was about to turn it off at the very end, when Ryan Seacrest said something about "let's welcome back our Idol contestants to sing 'Shout to the Lord'".
I almost fell off the couch. With all the big deal that society makes about not mixing church and state, about not pushing any religious beliefs on anybody else, you know, all of that, they, and I mean they as in "the American Idol Corporation", INTENTIONALLY PICKED THE SONG "SHOUT TO THE LORD". With lyrics that are very much straightforward about Jesus and about how we all should shout to the Lord, all the earth hear us sing, power and majesty praise to the King, etc., etc.
I just about started crying. Hallelujah. It was beautiful to hear them lift their voices to the Almighty, regardless of whether or not all of them believe in Him or not. I am DEFINITELY going to be buying that one on iTunes tomorrow.
What a beautiful surprise. A brief moment to see Hollywood actually embracing Jesus, even if just for a few minutes.