The TV show 'Britain's Got Talent' has thrown up another delightful story. A year ago I posted the clip with little Andrew Johnston (Watch and Weep - 17 April 2008) and now Susan Boyle has arrived.
Susan surpasses Andrew in that when Andrew opened his mouth everyone was with him - when Susan opens her mouth, pretty much everyone is agin her.
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It brings to mind 1 Corinthians 12 where the Christian community is likened to a human body. The 'magic' of healthy community is measured in how you value the people whom others discard. "The parts of the body that seem less honourable we treat with special honour." Search out the ones who feel dispensable and do whatever it takes to make them feel indispensable. Find the one on the lowest salary - locate the person who serves the most ... and prize them, authentically and publically.
Sadly, other principles so often trump this principle. It is about investing in the talented one, the younger one, the beautiful one, the leading one, the extroverted one... In the image of 1 Corinthians 12 it becomes an 'eye and head' world with little energy for the 'hand and feet'. That may grow a Christian community - but whenever it is the trump card, it ain't growing it God's way. And so we can't really expect the Spirit to be present, but we can expect ailments and conflicts and tensions to be present. Sadly, that is what we see so often.
The Susans who enter Christian communities must know they are valued even before they open their mouths to sing.