American Idol, Chris Medina, and the Faithfulness Factor

27 Jan

I’ve been an American Idol fan since Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard, and even…Clay Aiken.  The show has always been entertaining for one reason or another, and even though it is trendy to bash it, I still love it for so many reasons.

It gives hope to aspiring artists, and it shows that with some dedication and hard work and some exposure on the national stage, that dreams really can come true.

But through all of the 10 Seasons of American Idol, I’ve always been most moved and taken by the “feel good” stories.  I’m a teary-eyed mess when “Idol Gives Back” to Africa, and I see the rich stars of the show connect with the poorest people in the entire world.  If only for a moment, they see the face of God in the poor and understand what is truly important.

Last night, I fell in love with with a contestant from Chicagoland.  His name is Chris Medina, and he is engaged to be married to a young woman named Juliana Ramos.  Unfortunately, near the end of 2009, just two week before they were to exchange wedding vows, Juliana was in a horrible car accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury.

Chris’ world was shattered, and he was told not to expect her to survive.  But against all odds, she did survive, and Chris has been by her side the entire time.  In his American Idol interview last night, he said that since he was preparing to promise to be with Juliana through good times and bad “what kind of man would I be if I just walked away now?”

That is when I started crying, and couldn’t stop until well after the show was over.  And then it hit me.  I love it when I see faithfulness that is beyond this world because it reminds me of my Father in Heaven.  God loves us with an enduring love that is not dependent upon what we have to give back to him.  When I see evidence of that love and faithfulness in real people, I see the image of God.

Thank you, American Idol for keeping your finger on the pulse of what America really needs to see.  Thank you, Chris Medina for loving Juliana in such an incredible and faith-filled way.  And thank you, Jesus for showing us The Way.

Peace,

Neil

P.S.  Chris: I’m in Chicagoland, too.  So after American Idol, when you are ready to marry Juliana, give me a call!

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2 Responses to “American Idol, Chris Medina, and the Faithfulness Factor”

  1. Alicia T. January 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    This story reminds me of the book called The Vow about the Kim and Krickitt Carpenter story. Great inspiration for all married or engaged couples.

  2. Sues January 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    AMEN!!!!!

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