Jul 262017
 

Outside of watching sports, I am not much of a tv watcher.  I will sometimes watch reruns of past shows I like or a nature or historical documentary. I will occasionally watch a favorite movie if I see it in the channel guide.  I hardly ever watch any current programming unless “24” happens to have a season in progress.

One new exception to my neglect of current television is that I have come to like “America’s Got Talent”.  I primarily got hooked on the show by watching YouTube videos of it and other Got Talent shows before I ever even saw the show on tv.  This season, the show has become a favorite for the whole family to watch.

Competing on a show like this is something I would personally loathe to do.  Besides not having a recognizable talent to present in the first place, I would absolutely hate being the center of attention as I performed.  But I enjoy watching others on stage.  It is enjoyable to watch someone who performs well at whatever they may be doing, be it singing or dancing or magic or comedy.  It is all the more pleasing when someone is a natural entertainer and they confidently command the stage.

But the ones who are my favorites are the ones who are good at what they do but are also outwardly nervous or awkward or shy or unassuming.  Many who you can tell have probably never performed much at all before audiences, let alone a large theater audience with a set of celebrity judges.  Or those who have no preconceived notions of how great they are and are just trying to get through their performance without falling apart.  My absolute favorites are these apprehensive ones who are exceedingly relieved just to finish but are really good and then watching their reaction to the audience who are overwhelmingly applauding their performance.  Throw in a golden buzzer from one of the judges and it’s one big pot of tear inducing joy and elation and stunned bewilderment.

In a different sense, I imagine in some ways this is a small glimpse of what it is like when we cry out, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”  Most especially on that day when we pass from this earth and meet our Lord.  Except that our performance wasn’t actually very good, save our humble request to God.  Our relief will certainly be there as we realize we made it to the end despite our many stumbles and struggles.  As we are greeted by a celestial welcome of the saints that have gone on before us along with other heavenly beings, we will finally meet our Savior face-to-face in a moment that we would struggle in our present state to find the words to describe with any sufficiency.  And just maybe we would even hear that golden buzzer from our Master as He would say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  It will be one big pot of tear inducing joy and elation and stunned bewilderment.

I doubt that many of us that day will enter the Lord’s presence saying, “God, thank you that I’m not like other men.”  If that is our attitude, I would question the possibility of us even being in this position because we may not have ever received or understood God’s mercy in the first place.  But even if we were to approach God’s presence in that day with such a demeanor, I believe we will be quickly blown away by what we see and experience.  We will be quickly humbled and bewildered and filled with genuine joy in a glorious fashion.

So we look forward to that day when we meet our Lord, whether from our passing from this earth or in His return to it.  And unlike those who receive great applause on “America’s Got Talent” or in any other earthly venue, the ability to pass through the gates of judgment and receive a beautiful welcome and affirmation will have nothing to do with the quality of our performance but only the quality and mercy and grace of our Judge.          

  17 Responses to “Kevin’s Conversations: Waiting For The Golden Buzzer”

  1. I confess I have become addicted to this show.

    *hangs head in shame*

    As you point out there is something about the apprehensive ones getting applauded and accepted that brings a tear to the eye. I think you are right in comparing these situations to God accepting sinners as the Father accepts the Prodigal son. Nothing but tears.

  2. I’ve never seen one of these shows,but I’ve seen some clips.
    It seems to me that they do something which has become unique in this culture in that they actually celebrate people instead of demeaning them…people want the contestants to do well.

  3. Michael,

    Oh, they will demean at times. It would seem they intentionally allow some not very talented acts on stage for the purposes of entertainment value because the performers usually have some kind of quirky or funny characteristics. Simon Cowell, the lead judge, has no qualms whatsoever about putting someone down.

    But the majority of the show does center around the good performers, especially once they get past the auditions stage. And those people are celebrated. Even sometimes those who are just okay performers, but not great, are still celebrated for their effort or courage or passion.

    And, yes, once you get past the intentionally allowed bad acts in the first round, everyone may have their favorites, but you still find yourself rooting for everyone to do well.

  4. Are we rooting for the world or are we excited to exclude people?

  5. Of course we would say we’re rooting for everyone in the world to do well, with some obvious exceptions. We’ll exclude ISIS, and Kim Jong-un, and child rapists.

    And oh yeah, we’ll also exclude Donald Trump or Barack Obama, and illegal immigrants, and Christian fundamentalists, and Democrats or Republicans, and…….

  6. We’re rooting for every last one to get the golden buzzer.

    Even the guy who danced with the blow up doll. 🙂

  7. Kevin,

    “Besides not having a recognizable talent to present….”

    Have you taken a spiritual gifts inventory yet? Word is, the approximately 100 question survey will reveal your spiritual gifts. 🙂

  8. Jean,

    Yes, I have taken one of those assessments in the past and do think I have some spiritual gifts. However, some gifts and talents don’t translate very well to stage performances. 🙂

  9. I wonder if a Benny Hinn type “Slay with the Spirit” act would resonate on a TV talent show.

  10. JoelG,

    That guy with blow up doll did seem at least seem quite sincere in his efforts. 🙂

  11. Jean,

    Of there was a Babylon Bee Talent Show, I think the Benny Hinn act could be quite the hit. 🙂

  12. rooting for the world or excluding people? … have to think on that one a bit

    nobody mentioned Puddles the Clown or the chicken that played God Bless America on the keyboard… my 2 favorites…

    ” Most especially on that day when we pass from this earth and meet our Lord. Except that our performance wasn’t actually very good, save our humble request to God. Our relief will certainly be there as we realize we made it to the end despite our many stumbles and struggles. As we are greeted by a celestial welcome of the saints that have gone on before us along with other heavenly beings, we will finally meet our Savior face-to-face in a moment that we would struggle in our present state to find the words to describe with any sufficiency. And just maybe we would even hear that golden buzzer from our Master as He would say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
    just thot that was worth repeating… 🙂 by God’s grace and faith alone… the devil is defeated

  13. Agreed, that’s very good Em. Thanks for reposting.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one spending their evenings watching talented clowns and chickens. 🙂

  14. I’m thinking of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory song “I gotta golden ticket…”

  15. I always like the more “offbeat” talent on this show.

    Puddles the Clown. Tape Face, Victor Kee. To name a few.

    Simon is more humane than his American Idol days, but still can sometimes be blunt.

  16. PH,

    I too love Puddles and loved Tape Face last year.

  17. “….but only the quality and mercy and grace of our Judge.”

    Thanks Kevin, I need this reminder daily.

    Personally, I prefer the singers – I love hearing a really talented vocalist. Also have occasionally watched the X factor and The Voice.

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