[observing x-factor]

[observing x-factor]

Just a few minutes ago, Ukraine found out the winner of the first X-Factor season over here. Mom and I watched the show from the very beginning to the very end, try-outs to winners. To say that it was a wee bit shocking to see the guy win instead of the girl (who, in our opinion, was WAY cooler than he)… However, I know that we shall see Masha Rak somewhere soon. A talent like hers isn’t going away. Anyway.

As I tried to wash away the disappointment in the shower, I reflected on how X-Factor is like our life…

this show is all i have.

I can’t even count how many times I have heard that phrase from the competitors. “I cannot imagine my life without X-Factor – this is my family, these are my friends, this is my life.”

That reminds me of something Paul once said in Philippians 3:8,

What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.

For Paul, God was everything. He lived his entire life serving Him (granted, at first Paul *thought* he was serving God while he was in fact persecuting Him) and died for the name of Jesus.

When I think about it, I cannot imagine my life without God either. I am still far behind on learning how to be His follower, yet when I try to understand how can people can deny God or don’t care about Him… I simply can’t.

the one-day show.

I love watching people behind the scenes. For that very reason, I enjoy try-outs and little sections where they show the competitors in their “natural habitat” more than the actual SHOW show time. When they come out to sing, you can only judge how well they sing, but you cannot learn about who they are.

In this season of X-Factor there were people who could sing well enough but whose personalities (revealed in between of the singing time) were just disgusting.

Thinking about the correlation between X-Factor and life… how often Church is our “one day show”? We come to Church on Sunday (or whenever), we “sing our songs,” go home… Who are we when out of the “Church range”?

DC Talk, in one of my favorite songs What If I Stumble, say in the very beginning:

The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.

I hope and pray that I live a life that will show Christ to people. I don’t want to be the “Sunday-Christian.”

the show must go on.

One more thing that made me wonder. The guy who won, Alexey, does not really have a pop-star voice or actor abilities. He was not bad, but he was not that good either. He was stable middle, nothing special. A 19-year-old boxer (who looks way older) who bet his dad that he can sing. He sure nailed that bet.

However, while it is the end of the X-Factor Season One, this is only a beginning of the career for him. The gal who took second place has a great voice, she is a great actress, and she fits the pop stage. While I cannot picture Alexey on the stage in 5 years, I can absolutely hearing “Let’s welcome Maria Rak!” on some show or on the radio.

Sometimes I noticed people saying “In our camp, we had 100 people who accepted Christ!” or “We have witnessed to this one guy and he prayed with us!” or “Repent! For the end of the world is coming.”

I am not trying to diminish the great work that God is doing through His people, yet sometimes it’s too easy to get our heads in the clouds with the numbers to remember about the fact that how the person lives his / her “life after prayer” also means a lot.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.

Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7, NLT

It is important to fight the good fight, finish the race, and remain faithful. Otherwise the Prayer loses the power.

What do think about these three observations (especially if you ever watched X-Factor or similar shows)? Feel free to comment.

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