maybe I can get away with an American Idol post? Seriously, this has been rattling around in my head, and I must write it down, or type as the case may be.
I'm not a fanatical watcher of the show. I've seen a bit here and there of each season but I don't TiVo/DVR/tape any part of it or overturn U.N. resolutions to catch it. However, something a friend mentioned the other day made me pay closer attention to what I was watching.
He said, "American Idol is the symbol of postmodern culture." He based his statement on how the contestants respond when the judges critique their performance.
For example, a 20-something walks in to the audition and sings some screeching, nails on blackboard rendition of "Unbreak My Heart". Throughout the tragedy, the judges have alternately grimaced and laughed. When the contestant finishes, one of the judges gamely asks him, "How do you think you did?"
Contestant: "I think it was good." (postmodern use of "good" for all things relevant to "me")
Deliberately the judges inform him that his singing will certainly be used by Jack Bauer in his next interrogation of a terrorist. The judges aren't being rude. They evaluate the contestant on the industry's accepted standard necessary to qualify as 1) singing and 2) talented singing that will draw crowds, sell concerts & CDs, or maybe even win awards.
Contestant: "Well, that's your opinion." (postmodern nod to the belief that everyone has an opinion and that's okay because sometimes opinions can pass for truth, when necessary, which is a relative issue)
"That's your opinion." He doesn't question qualified judges as to how he could improve or even why his singing was unacceptable--quantifiable characteristics of being pitchy, off-key, muddled words, poor voice/tone quality. Instead drawing from his years of relative truth training, he believes himself perfectly reasonable to justify his performance with the valueless statement, "that's your opinion."
Since hearing S. mention this, I've noticed it every time I watched. There is a staggering lack of truth acceptance because there is a staggering lack of truth understanding. None of these people would buy an 8-track of someone who sounded like them, but they believe themselves singers because they want to believe it. The idea of believing something based on truth doesn't matter because truth to postmoderns is a changing standard.
If this phenomena were only pertinent to reality shows, then this post would be over. We could just all pledge not to watch silly reality shows. Unfortunately, this reality show actually exhibits a reality.
People choosing to believe what they feel most comfortable believing regardless of quantifiable standards, mouthing off about opinions and tolerance for opinions as ideals of behavior, and complete ignorance of personal limitations. On American Idol, mildly entertaining in a shocking way; amongst Christians, grievous and a stain on the body of Christ.
Quantifiable standards, behavior ideals, and understanding of personal limitations--all found in Sola Scriptura.
And we thought taking the Ten Commandments out wouldn't be that big of a deal. Look what we've inherited.