Simon Cowell in Your Church?April 09, 2007
Pastor George Love has an interesting piece in Presbyterians Today called "The Wisdom of American Idol." Here are few highlights:
Who would you most like to find as the newest member of your church's session -- Randy, Paula or Simon?There are some good points in this piece. Most churches probably do not see the need for a Simon (though he is my favorite on the show because he is funny and actually tells the truth). Of course, there could be a problem with someone being too critical and too harsh, but most churches could use someone who is willing to actually tell the truth.
... What church session can't use a Paula? Someone to see the light, no matter how severe the darkness, to provide a word of encouragement when the walls seem to be crumbling around you.
... A Randy is essential as well. Randy can talk to everyone. When folks start moving into two camps, it's Randy who can moderate the conversation.
... But I think the one we may really need is Simon. What Simon is ultimately about is truth. What Paula might not tell you and what Randy might sugar-coat, Simon will simply lay out for you in all its glory. And do we church people not need a healthy dose of truth?
Love, support, compassion, moderation, communication, negotiation -- and cold, hard truth-telling (with a bit of snarkiness). Paula, Randy and Simon. It'd make for an interesting session meeting.