As you probably already know, former BJU student Chris Sligh is one of the front-runners to win this year’s American Idol competition. Today, someone at the AP finally asked the University what they thought. This quote came from an article with the somewhat unfair title of “‘Idol’ Contestant’s Faith Questioned.”
Jonathan Pait, a spokesman for fundamentalist Bob Jones University where Sligh attended for several years, said: “We really are somewhat disappointed with the direction he has gone musically.”
I’m genuinely surprised that it’s taken this long for the media to figure out that BJU, which bans jazz, rock, country and Contemporary Christian music, might not approve of a former student singing rock and pop songs on national television.
I can understand where the university is coming from here; a lot of the really popular music out there right now glorifies sex and violence with ever racier and bloodier lyrics. For a conservative Christian university, there’s really no way that they can put their stamp of approval on that.
I don’t agree, however, that this means that Christians need to expunge all rock, jazz, pop, and country music from their music libraries. There is good, acceptable music in all of these categories. The problem isn’t the genre, it’s the overall message of the individual songs and artists.
Anyways, best of luck to Chris! I’d love to see him win this thing.