I realize that criticizing the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is a little like fishing for carp with a shotgun, but I have to rant for a moment. They have a show in its 2nd season called “Exalt Him”, which is their Christian version of American Idol. (Probably without snarky judges.) The winner of the contest gets a contract as a Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) artist. As Christians, why do we settle for the Christian version of something instead of creating something new and exciting? Does the world need a new CCM star or another Left Behind movie or cheesy Christian romance novel? Christians end up looking like a bunch of idiots. I hope no non-Christians ever watch TBN. It is just so embarrassing. Am I being too harsh?
Why can’t the Church be on the cutting edge of creativity? I get my hopes up when musicians like Project 86 and Sixpence None the Richer hit the scene and put out something truly creative. Why can’t this be the norm and not the exception? I am holding out hope for a film coming out next month called “The Second Chance”, which is directed by Steve Taylor and stars Michael W. Smith. If Steve Taylor has proven anything since his first album in 1983, it is that he is not willing to settle for mediocrity. My hopes are high.
I would love to hear your thoughts on my rant.