Carrie Underwood Paves The Way For Christians On TV, But It Was A Heartbreaking Struggle

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Liberals can try to get rid of Jesus, but God just showed them who’s REALLY in charge in the most amazing way.

When Carrie Underwood released “Jesus Take the Wheel” as her first single after winning American Idol, she challenged the secular agenda with a force they had yet to experience.

At the time of Carrie’s American Idol victory, Jesus was not a popular thing to talk about on TV — let alone sing an entire song about.

However, the Country-Christian song became a crossover hit, winning Grammys for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song, and has sold 2.5 million copies in the U.S. alone as of today.

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“If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” – John 15:7

Despite the criticism she received for being so outspoken about her Christian faith, Carrie continued praising Jesus in front of millions.

It’s been over a decade since Carrie released her “controversial” song about Jesus, and after looking at how much reality competition shows have changed since then — it’s clear that no matter how hard mainstream media tries to advance the secular agenda, the light of Jesus will never be overshadowed with Satan’s darkness.

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For example, it was a HUGE deal when American Idol’s final 8 contestants even sang one of the popular Christian song, “Shout to the Lord,” in 2008. It truly was a historical moment to watch these talented individuals declare Jesus as our Savior on one of the most popular TV shows of all time.

When I listened to the lyrics of this song, it was clear that God was using these American Idol contestants in an extraordinary way:

“My Jesus, My Savior,
Lord, there is none like You;
All of my days
I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love.

My comfort, my shelter,
Tower of refuge and strength;
Let every breath, all that I am
Never cease to worship You.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth,
Let us sing
Power and majesty, praise to the King;
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar

At the sound of Your name.
I sing for joy at the work of Your hands,
Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand,
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.”

That performance was just the beginning of Christians praising Jesus on TV — no matter how much TV networks threatened them…

Brandi Love used her gift of singing to glorify God on TV in 2013. Love, whose boyfriend is an Army helicopter pilot, appeared on The X Factor and sang “Up To The Mountain.”

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Every one knows how critical judge Simon Cowell can be, but Brandi’s performance was so beautiful that he couldn’t deny the presence of God.

“Brandi, you took us to church,” Simon Cowell said.

America’s yearning for Jesus become even more apparent when Jordan Smith won The Voice last year. Jordan sang Christian songs throughout the entire competition.

Although Jordan’s coach, Adam Levine, warned him not sing “Mary Did You Know?”, it turned out to be the song that sealed his victory.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6

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Jordan performed “Mary Did You Know?” during Christmas time — and a time when mainstream media tends to conceal the most integral part of Christmas, Jesus. Instead of following the trend, Jordan followed God’s path and was rewarded with winning the competition.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” – James 1:12

However, my favorite faith-based performance of Jordan’s was when he sang the classic Christian hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

One of the most memorable times Jesus was praised in front of millions on TV was when Grammy award-winning gospel singer, Yolanda Adams, performed on The Tonight Show.

The 53-year-old singer stole the show with a powerhouse performance of her hit song “Victory.” The performance was so good that even Jimmy Fallon stumbled over his words after Yolanda brought the worship of a lifetime to liberal NBC!

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“Oh my goodness! OH MY GOODNESS!,” Jimmy shouted when Yolanda finished. “Thank you! Oh my goodness! Look at that! Standing ovation right there and why not? Well deserved!”

Yolanda’s flawless voice, the soulful choir, the talented instrumentalists, and the touching lyrics gave me CHILLS! It was so brave of the Texas native to take a stand for Christianity on a notoriously liberal network.

Check out some of the lyrics from “Victory” that left the audience cheering:

“Truly I’ve been through the storm and rain. I know everything about heartache and pain. God carried me through it all. Without His protection I’d surely fall. I’ve been broke without a dime to my name. But all my bills got paid because I called on Jesus name. You can’t tell me that God isnt real ’cause I’ve got the victory and that’s why I’m still here.”

“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

God’s goodness also shined bright in a recent audition for Britain’s Got Talent when 100 Voices of Gospel, a gospel choir with singers from all over the world, performed an uplifting rendition of the Christian classic, “This Little Light Of Mine.”

It gave me chills to watch this gospel choir take a stand for their Christian faith through the gift of singing God blessed them with.

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100 Voices Of Gospel received a roaring standing ovation from the entire room – including all four judges. Simon Cowell was so visibly touched by God with their performance, and it was the happiest I’ve ever seen him.

“There are literally no words that I could actually use right now to describe that feeling that you gave everyone in this room,” judge Amanda Holden told them. “It is so powerful. Everything about you, everything you represent is my idea of heaven.”

When 100 Voices of Gospel received the highly-coveted Golden Buzzer after their audition, I knew it was God’s reward to them. The Golden Buzzer landed them a free pass straight to the show’s live semi-finals.

However, the most monumental performance on live TV was when Carrie Underwood praised Jesus on the series finale of American Idol just a few weeks ago.

Carrie performed “Something In The Water,” her song that illustrates common Christian themes like conversion, baptism, and keeping the faith, with lyrics that include, “I followed that preacher down to the river and now I am changed, and now I’m stronger, there must have been something in the water.”

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It’s a HUGE deal that Carrie was chosen as the final American Idol alumni to close out the show. The two-hour series finale drew in a jaw-dropping 12.94 million viewers. Because of Carrie’s decision to sing a Christian song, millions of people experienced the light of Jesus.

When Carrie was asked to be the final performance of the American Idol finale, she could’ve easily chosen one of her hit songs that don’t have any messages about Christianity. Carrie’s a wise woman – and she’s well-aware of the influence she has as a celebrity now.

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Carrie’s flawless performance truly was a divine moment. The song is so beautiful and inspiring. At the end of Carrie’s final performance, she included lines from the classic Christian hymn, “Amazing Grace.”

As the lights went out after Carrie finished, the cameras caught her mouthing the words “Praise the Lord,” right after she finished holding her hand toward heaven.

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Carrie’s last-ever performance on American Idol was a full-circle experience. There she was, singing about Jesus one last time on the stage that made her a household name.

Carrie’s accomplishments as a music artist, and the blessings she’s received, vividly illustrate the reward that comes when we surrender ourselves to the Lord.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Luke 6:38

When a contestant on The Voice performed an emotional rendition of the powerful gospel song “Break Every Chain” just a few days ago, I knew liberals could never erase Jesus from TV.

“Break Every Chain” illustrates a cry out to the Lord to set us free from our sins and transgressions. Paxton poured his whole heart throughout the entire performance and glorified God with his gift of singing. It was impossible not to feel the presence of God after watching his powerful performance.

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“There is power in the name of Jesus,” Paxton Ingram sang over and OVER at the beginning of the performance.

When I heard what happened to Paxton after he performed this gospel song on a notoriously liberal TV network, I realized even more how God’s plan ALWAYS prevails.

In less than 48 hours since his gospel performance, Paxton’s rendition of “Break Every Chain” has become the highest charted song from The Voice. The gospel song is ranked at #23 on iTunes, while the rest of the 11 performances from that night on The Voice have ranks ranging from #28 to #125. The song’s impressive success reveals how many people were led to Jesus Christ after watching Paxton’s performance.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5

So what does this all mean?

In just a few years, mainstream media went from having complete control of the existence of Jesus on TV to being swept away by outspoken Christians on reality competition shows who refused to hide their faith.

Despite all the darkness in the world, despite all the negative news mainstream media sensationalizes nonstop, despite the disturbing secular agenda being forced on the masses — the devil has been defeated yet again.

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2015, file photo, Carrie Underwood poses for a portrait at Sony Music Nashville in Nashville, Tenn., to promote her latest album, "Storyteller." ABC announced Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, that the country star will perform a number of her hits during “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” in New York City’s Times Square. The special, which airs live, starts at 8 p.m. EDT. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP, File)

God bless these talented individuals for fearlessly sharing their faith in Jesus!

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“Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.” – Psalm 100:3