How Susan Boyle won over the world » BBC NEWS | Entertainment

How Susan Boyle won over the world » BBC NEWS | Entertainment


We first saw Susan Boyle flatten the judges of “Britain’s Got Talent” last week (bringing my wife to tears). I have not smiled so widely in ages as when I saw the judges and the audience gaping in awe of this 47-year-old woman singing. The judges’ reactions and statements were very honest and very humble, and has helped turn this situation into something very good. 

This piece at the BBC brings up some important issues, but not the one in my mind. Susan Boyle is a wonderful illustration (or, better, a parable) of the way God works in this world. It is better known as the “theology of the cross” and comes to us mainly from Martin Luther. 

The BBC article reveals the truth of Luther’s assessment of natural humanity: “‘I’m sorry because we did not give you anything like the respect we should have done when you first came out. We thought you were going to be a bit of a joke act, to be honest with you.’…A star has been born. Whether she will she leave a dent on our prejudices about age and appearance remains to be seen.”

Of course they thought she was a hapless joke, of course they had a prejudice against her appearance: they are all theologians of glory. Ms Boyle gives us a grand demonstration of 1 Cor. 1:18–31 and the fact that God was most gloriously revealed when that almighty divine being was hidden in sinful flesh, spit upon and mocked, hanging on a tree to die. I hope all of us who were amazed by the beauty coming from that person from Scotland will begin to deeply question the way we look at everything in this age. 

“God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.” (1 Cor 1:27-29)

» I’d just like to a add a big Yup. Indeed.