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Mr. Ugly

Sin Nature Boasting Shame

Source: “Cheating accusations mar Zimbabwe's 'Mister Ugly' contest,” By FARAI MUTSAKA, AP, November 23, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-01

Scripture: Psalms 51:5 ; Song of Songs 4:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP):

Pageant judges have crowned a new winner of Zimbabwe's 4th annual "Mister Ugly" contest, upsetting supporters of the crowd favorite and prompting rioting at the event.

Judges on Saturday chose 42-year-old Mison Sere, citing his numerous missing front teeth and a wide range of grotesque facial expressions, over William Masvinu, who had held the title since 2012.

Masvinu and his supporters mobbed the judges upon hearing their decision, claiming that Sere was "too handsome" to win and his ugliness wasn't natural since it was based on missing teeth.

"I am naturally ugly. He is not. He is ugly only when he opens his mouth," maintained Masvinu, gesturing at his rival.

"Do we have to lose our teeth to win? This is cheating," shouted another contestant, Patrick Mupereki. While no one was injured, there was a great deal of pushing and shoving as the results were announced and insults were hurled at the judges.

... They should just accept that I am uglier than them," [Sere] said. "I hope to get a TV contract. I already moved around schools performing and showcasing my ugliness so this is a chance to make it on TV."

The complaints of Masvinu and the other contestants may have a degree of validity. Organizers had previously announced that disabilities or enhancements would not be accepted in the competition which should focus on "natural ugliness."

This year's competition drew a record 36 candidates. The contestants participated in three rounds of modeling, with individual and group struts down a nightclub catwalk.

"Sere made tremendous effort to enhance his ugliness by pulling facial stunts," said judge Abigail Mataranyika. "Masvinu thought he is so ugly that he didn't need to try hard. That cost him the crown."

APPLICATION

It’s hard to imagine boasting about one’s ugliness like this. Yet, isn’t that exactly what we do when we take pride in a sexual conquest, a dishonest gain, or the like? We boast and brag about things that should cause us shame.

We do all of this because, according to the Bible, we are ugly by nature.  We are born in sin, coming forth from the womb with a sin nature.  Sure, we lose a few teeth along the way, and our selfish contortions can add to how ugly we appear, but make no mistake about it, we are ugly from the start.  

“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5).

Thank God, though, that He is the master of redemption, the great benefactor of grace, who can turn our sin to sanctification, our guilt to glory, and our "ugliness" to beauty. He speaks of his beloved redeemed, "You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you" (Song of Solomon 4:7).

 

The Principle of The Shrew

Boasting Self-absorbed Humility

Source: SIGNIFICA by Irving and Amy Wallace and David Wallechinsky, p. 102

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-14

Scripture: 1 Samuel 2:3

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Wallechinsky and Wallace, in their book SIGNIFICA, make a stunning observation about one of the world’s tiniest animals, the shrew. The smallest of shrews is only about 2 inches long from its head to the tip of its tail and weighs less than a time. And yet, it holds a pretty hefty record:

The smallest mammal in the world—the shrew—holds the record for gluttony, eating nearly its own weight in food every day. In order to equal this feat, a 150-pound human would have to consume bout 113 pounds of food a day.

The shrew is only obeying a law of nature: the smaller the mammal, the more (proportionately) it must eat to stay alive.

APPLICATION

There is a law of sin nature that works in a similar fashion. It says: the smaller the spirit of a person, the more they will boast of themselves before others.

"Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed" (1 Samuel 2:3).

 

 

Mucha Crema

Humility Boasting Self-promoting

Source: 'Tacopedia': A Mouth-Watering Tour Of Mexico's Taco Culture, by Tove Danovich, NPR, THE SALT, October 01, 2015 2:01 PM ET

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-10

Scripture: Romans 12:3

Author: Tove Danovich / Illlustration Exchange
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Tove Danovich with NPR writes:

Mexicans eat them so often that the expression echarse un taco, "to grab a taco," is synonymous with eating.  The phrase Le echas mucha crema a tus tacos, or "You add a lot of sour cream to your tacos," means that someone thinks a bit too highly of himself.

APPLICATION

How much sour cream do you put on your tacos?

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you” (Romans 12:3).

What Do You Use Those Muscles For

Glorify God Boasting Purpose

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-05

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:31 ; Acts 12:23

Author: Kent Crockett
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Superman Don't Need No Seatbelt

Arrogance Boasting Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-08-17

Author: Mohammed Ali
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Something to Crow About

Humility Glorify God Boasting

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-01

Scripture: Job 38-:

Author: Kent Crockett
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McCartney Wants To Be Frist

Selfishness Boasting Die To Self

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-07-17

Scripture: Mark 9:35 ; Mark 9:10

Author: Larry McShane, AP Reporter
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Do Unto Others . . . ?

Revenge Boasting Betrayal

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-06-30

Author: Jimmy Hoffa
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I Am The Greatest

Boasting Cross Foolishness

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2012-03-06

Scripture: Jeremiah 9:24 ; Galatians 6:14

Author: Barnett Gushin
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My Contribution

Humility Success Quotes Praise

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2019-10-16

Scripture: Philippians 4:13

Author: Thomas Bevers
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