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Appearances Can Be Deceiving (5 of 7)
Series: The Boy Prophet
I Samuel 16:1-23
OPEN: How many of you have ever watched ''American Idol''?
(Nearly ½ the congregation raised their hands).
Ok, how many of you have ever seen ''Britain's Got Talent.''?
(A few hand went up)
That's understandable since ''Britain's Got Talent'' is aired in Britain. It's the English cousin of our ''American Idol'' and it shares many things in common with our show.
- It has a stage where different acts from across the British Isles come to compete in a show of talent.
- It has three judges who vote to decide which acts will proceed to the next level.
- And it has Simon Cowell - the almost universally disliked judge who makes it his goal in life to belittle and put down any act that doesn't meet his high standards.
Several weeks back a 47 year old Scottish woman competed on their show. Simon visibly smirked as this frumpy and unattractive singer walked onstage. Her hair was gray, thin, and un-styled. She was overweight. And it turns out that she was the last of nine children, had been deemed ''slow'' by her teachers, and had spent the bulk of her adult life taking care of aged and sick parents. As she explained that her dream was to be a professional singer the studio audience alternately groaned or giggled at her naïve aspiration. Everybody appeared ready to let her embarrass herself and leave the stage - so someone with real talent might emerge from the wings.
But what they saw that day was this (cue youtube video on Susan Boyle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY)
APPLY: God delights in the triumph of the weak.
In 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 we're told
''…God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things- and the things that are not- to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.''
God has al ...
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