Mandisa says Idol “goes against everything that I stand for,” prays for the judges

American Idol 5 finalist Mandisa has used the show as a platform to sell a record and her memoir, but she says the show “goes against everything that I stand for,” in part because of its name.

Mandisa tells BeliefNet, “I really did feel led to do it [the show]. The Lord really did use it for his glory and to build up his people. But certainly I do not endorse idol worship by any means. The fact that I was using that platform for his glory I guess is why I believe that it was okay. But I wouldn’t mind if they changed the title.”

As to the judges, she says she prays for them regularly, and the presence of Christians on the show is in part to help the judges. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence there have been so many Christians on American Idol. I think that that’s for America to see, but I also do think that it’s for the judges as well. And so, I do pray for him, and Randy and for Paula as well,” she said.

Mandisa also prays for her CD. “I do pray for specific things about my CD, that it would get into the hands of the people who will be blessed by it. And I pray that my book would get into the hands of people who would be inspired and encouraged by it, and convicted by it,” she said.

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