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So what about Susan Doyle? I didn't want to get on the bandwagon, least of all the bandwagon of making a Christian analogy to how "special" we are, but I figured I could say something about her. By Hollywood standards, she is not the likely one for a pop star sensation, but as far as talent goes, she is "brilliant."

You have no doubt heard sermons, or will hear sermons about Susan Boyle, and how she represents the "everyman" and how special we are to God. I have heard Susan Boyle on YouTube several times, and each time I am blown away by her talent. Now she may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it was rather surprising that someone who looks "normal" could sing so beautifully. But should it really surprise us? There are many, I am sure of, that we will never see or hear from because usually talent alone doesn't sell records.

There is a quite an interesting movement gaining momentum that started with the self-esteem and self-love crowd made popular by Christian Psychologists. That is not to say everything they published or talked about was wrong, but when someone turns the gospel into self-esteem and self-love it is not a far stretch to the Emerging Church movement. I won't bore you with all of the aspects of the "self-esteem" and Emerging Church movements other than to say, when you take the gospel of a loving, special, and beautiful Savior, and turn it into a gospel that preaches how "special, and beautiful" we are, you run into problems.

I am not saying that we are not made in God's image and we are special in the sense that we are heirs to Grace, but what I am saying is that Jesus is the truly special and beautiful one. There is nothing in us that causes God to love us, on the contrary, there is everything to despise and reject. I know that is not politically correct and will offend some, but until you can see how desperately wicked you are you can not receive the gift of God through Jesus Christ. Paul said:

"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find." - Romans 7:18

In chapter 3 of Romans, Paul, quoted the Old Testament, says in essence, there is no one who ever existed who has been good or done good. There is no one "special and beautiful." Now for some that is bad news, but many like myself that is wonderful news. I don't have to have any "special" talent, I don't have to have high "self-esteem" and I don't have to be lovable. Because God is love, when I accept His Son's love and gift of salvation I become a new creation. When I esteem God above myself, when I love God above myself, then I don't have to worry about self-esteem or self-love. I don't have to worry how "special, or beautiful or talented" I am, I simply bask in the glory of God through Jesus Christ.

I am glad Susan Boyle did so well and I think it is wonderful. But forgetting Hollywood, American Idol, America's Got Talent, or in this case Britain's Got Talent, let our hearts and minds recall those Christians who have used their talent to glorify God. Surely Susan Boyle's talent is from God, but that doesn't means she intends to use it for God's glory. Who gets the glory on American Idol? Who gets the glory when a Christian with immense singing ability gives up the dream of stardom to reach the lost in the inner city or around the world? Let us all answer that question.

Posted on Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:48 pm by accesservant




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