More than 10 million viewers tuned in to Fox TVs talent search,
American Idol. And millions of teenagers went to their telephones
to vote for a favorite soloist.
So what does this television
craze tell us about Americas youth?
According to one commentator,
it reveals that many young people are bored and dissatisfied with
life. And, given the opportunity, many would do almost anything
to experience stardom themselves. Like their parents, they worship
Americas idols money, fame and power.
Thankfully, young people
in our churches realize theres more to life than large bank
accounts and lofty titles. Their passion is to grow closer to God,
excel in the marketplace, and minister to others. They understand
that fame and riches pale in significance to following Christ
for American idols come and go, but a child of God lives forever.
Many have opted to attend
an Assemblies of God college because they believe it provides the
training and spiritual foundation they need regardless of
where the Spirit may lead them.
After talking with a
group of these students recently, I couldnt help but be impressed
by their sense of direction. They talked more about servanthood
than personal ambition
and I sensed they were more interested
in the favor of God than they were the praises of people.
I asked them what they
wanted to do when they graduated. One replied, "I plan to go to
law school and use my degree in social work." A second student said,
"I want to go into business and make enough money to support ministries."
A third student said, "Im going to become a youth pastor and
eventually a missionary." And another said, "I plan to be a schoolteacher."
These students may not
fit Americas definition of an idol, but they possess convictions
deserving of our applause.
Future idols? No. Future