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A Great Singing Audition Highlights A Tone Deaf Humanity

Grace Spiritual Blindness Idolatry

Source: "America's Got Talent: Madison Baez Taylor, 11, gets Golden Buzzer after singing from the audience" by Claudia Smith, published DailyMail.co.uk, June 8, 2022, retrieved 8/5/22

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-08-07

Scripture: Romans 1:25 ; James 1:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

2022’s Season 17 of the hit TV show America’s Got Talent has seen many highlight moments, not the least of which being a performance by 11 yr old Madison Taylor Baez of Yorba Linda, California. Rather than having a regularly scheduled audition, Madison had been invited by the producers to sing from the audience during one of the breaks from scheduled auditions. Only then was she invited up onto the stage to perform.

She absolutely stunned the audience and judges alike with her rousing, emotionally rivetting rendition of the beloved Christian hymn, Amazing Grace. Madison sang it with authority and passion, as if she believed every word and was celebrating every truth conveyed in the “amazing” lyrics. 

So moving was her performance and her “story,” that judge and former Deal or No Deal host, Howie Mandel, reflexively reached for the Golden Buzzer, assuring young Madison a place in the “live show” competitions and a chance to win the coveted $1 million prize.

Accolades gushed (and deservedly so) from the mouths of the host and judges for the quality of her performance. 

“Incredible!” exclaimed the shows host, Terry Crewes.

'I normally leave during the break, because people do sing.” famed celebrity host Simon Cowell mused sarcastically. “So this is actually the opposite. It actually brought me back into the room.”

"Everybody is going to know your name now young lady," proclaimed Mandel.

Click here for a video of her AGT audition. 


 

APPLICATION

What strong reactions these judges and audience had to this performance! 

Crewes found her performance incredible. Cowell was drawn back into the room by the power of it. Mandel exclaimed that he wanted to be sure that everybody would come to know her name.

Yet one critical component of the performance was left utterly ignored … the very subject of the song itself. Young Madison, as lovely and talented and gifted she might be, was extolling the virtues of the God of the Universe, Who, by His AMAZING GRACE, condescended to become the Savior of the world, to seek and to save us wretched, lost souls!

This was of course, as Simon would say, a talent competition, not a church service. But what a picture of the tone deafness of lost humanity!

But for the fact that we are fallen creatures living in a fallen world, the audience and judges would have jumped to their feet, first and foremost, to celebrate, laud, and praise the amazing grace of God that was being extolled. That’s what Crewes would have found incredible! It would have been the message of the song that drew Simon back into the room! It would have been the name of the Most High God which Mandell wanted to ensure was recognized by every man!

While human talent is no less a gift from our most gracious God, its purpose, like any “good and perfect gift” should be to draw our focus to the Lord Who bestowed it.

Grace was showcased side by side with the talent, yet no one noticed the grace.

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen” (Romans 1:25, ESV).

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV)

Temporary Blindness

Spiritual Warfare Spiritual Blindness Satan

Source: Wikipedia

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2016-04-28

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:4 ; Mark 4:19

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

“Blinding Laser Weapons” are weapons that are designed to blind soldiers on the field of battle. Most countries adhere to international law to minimize the power of their lasers. China, however, instead of limiting the power of such weapons, took full advantage of the potential, developing the battery-powered ZM-87 Portable Laser Disturber. Its desired effect was to injure or dizzy the eyes of enemy combatants. By seeking to blind the enemy, they render them unable to fight.*

I’ve never thought much about the tactics of war, but it makes a lot of sense that a soldier doesn’t have to be destroyed in order to be rendered useless. Blinding them is enough.

*Though effective in its main objective of blinding the target, the weapon had several technical glitches and was subsequently retired. No doubt, however, the Chinese will continue their efforts to perfect a reliable model.

APPLICATION

Satan doesn’t have to get rid of us to take us out of the battle. All he needs to do us render us useless by blinding us to the truth.

"The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Who Needs An Electrical Toy?

Pride Vision Spiritual Blindness

Source: Neatorama

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-26

Scripture: Proverbs 16:18 ; 2 Corinthians 6:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Neatorama writes:

In 1876, Western Union had a monopoly on the telegraph, the world's most advanced communications technology. This made it one of America's richest and most powerful companies, with $41 million in capital and the pocketbooks of the financial world behind it. So when Gardiner Greene Hubbard, a wealthy Bostonian, approached [William] Orton with an offer to sell the patent for a new invention Hubbard had helped to fund, Orton treated it as a joke. Hubbard was asking for $100,000!

Orton bypassed Hubbard and drafted a response directly to the inventor. "Mr. Bell," he wrote, "after careful consideration of your invention, while it is a very interesting novelty, we have come to the conclusion that it has no commercial possibilities... What use could this company make of an electrical toy?"

The invention, the telephone, would have been perfect for Western Union. The company had a nationwide network of telegraph wires in place, and the inventor, 29-year-old Alexander Graham Bell, had shown that his telephone worked quite well on telegraph lines. All the company had to do was hook telephones up to its existing lines and it would have had the world's first nationwide telephone network in a matter of months.

Instead, Bell kept the patent and in a few decades his telephone company, renamed American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T), had become the largest corporation in America ... The Bell patent - offered to Orton for a measly $100,000 - became the single most valuable patent in history. Ironically, less than two years of turning Bell down, Orton realized the magnitude of his mistake and spent millions of dollars challenging Bell's patents while attempting to build his own telephone network (which he was ultimately forced to hand over to Bell.)

Instead of going down in history as one of the architects of the telephone age, he is instead remembered for having made one of the worst decisions in American business history.

APPLICATION

It's hard to imagine a more obvious business opportunity than the one turned down by Western Union's William Orton. Mr. Orton couldn't see the "electrical toy" for what it could become. He was too blinded by his present success to appreciate the profound implications this opportunity held for the future.

This is exactly the situation many place themselves in as they scoff at the opportunity offered to them in the Gospel. Do they continue on as they are, content with their current success, or do they embrace this divine opportunity to have their lives count, not just for now, but for eternity?

Don't end up scrambling like William Orton, after it's already too late, to make up for the lost opportunity of a lifetime. 

"For God says, "At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you." Indeed, the "right time" is now. Today is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2, NLT).

"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18).

Man Homeless Outside His Own Home

Gospel Salvation Spiritual Blindness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-23

Scripture: John 14:3

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There Is Light Without Sight

Spiritual Blindness Light Second Coming

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-09

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:5

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Mind Games

Obedience Spiritual Blindness Spiritual Growth

Contributed By: Charles Schuyler | Date Posted: 2015-03-07

Scripture: James 1:22

Author: Charles Schuyler
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Seeing Ourselves In 2 Dimensions

Self-image Spiritual Blindness Marriage

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-26

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:12 ; James 1:19

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The Blind Men and the Elephant

Truth Worldview Spiritual Blindness

Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2014-10-06

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: John Godfrey Saxe
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Unrecognized Blessings

Attitude Resentment Spiritual Blindness

Contributed By: Matt Hilgaertner | Date Posted: 2014-10-03

Scripture: Galatians 3:264 ; Matthew 7:11

Author: Unknown
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Blind No More

Spiritual Blindness Perspective Humor

Contributed By: Randall Langford | Date Posted: 2014-08-02

Scripture: Eph 1:18

Author: Randall Langford
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