Wow, who would have thought…
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr takes the stage and appears to be the least likely person to audition much less win America’s Got Talent.
As you will see in the video, none of the judges were expecting to hear such a spectacular audition. In-fact their body language and reaction to Landau’s appearance indicates they have absolutely no confidence in his ability. In-fact, the judges had judged him before he had even opened his mouth.
As I watched this episode of America’s Got Talent and then watched again in the video, I couldn’t help but wonder…How would we respond if Landau had walked through the doors of our church and sat down next to us? Oh I know, we all would like to believe we would welcome him with open arms. But, would we really?
As much as Christians hate to admit it we are such a judgmental group of people. I’m sure you are thinking… “Not Me!” Are you sure about that? Below are some scenarios, as you read them being totally honest with yourself…What would be your gut reaction to this person who decides to sit next to you in church?
- A 15-year-old female wearing Daisy Dukes
- A derelict who reeks of alcohol
- An elderly man who’s clothing smells of old urine
- A teenage boy wearing a baseball cap
- A group of young men wearing black trench coats
- A woman in her 40’s wearing a t-shirt and no bra
- A young mother with a screaming baby
- A teenager eating a hot dog and drinking a coke
Hmmm…did you get up and move from your pew, ignore them, or embrace them?
I would venture to say if we are totally honest with ourselves if we did embrace them, we did not embrace them with our heart but in gesture only.
My friend, we cannot continue to judge a book by its cover. We must open up the hard external cover of broken lives and begin to read the pages chalked full of experiences. We must begin to see the internal person; the one screaming to come out.
We are so bound by tradition and religion we lose track of who we are and our calling. We are called to love the “Unlovely” and the “Rule Breakers”.
“Church is not a household for saints. It is a hospital for sinners.” ~Robin Butler
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37
Don’t Judge the Book by Its Cover…