There is something I must confess: I love watching The Voice blind auditions. And I often cry watching them.
If you already know this about me, I am sure I’ll receive a text in about five minutes saying “Typical.”
Anyway, I seriously do love watching these auditions! As I started thinking about why I was watching one last night, it made me really reflect on something.
Our society is absolutely obsessed with image.
I mean, absolutely infatuated with appearance. We automatically limit people’s abilities based off the way they look. Makes sense right?!
She is overweight, wears glasses and isn’t dressed in the latest designer threads? Yeah, good luck on that stage honey!
His stature is small, he has a gap in his teeth and he stands awkwardly? No way in the world his voice could sell albums.
Why? Why is our go-to response for someone automatically to criticize them and undermine their gifts?
Truthfully: What are your first thoughts when you meet someone new?
What do you and your friends say about the people who pass by your lunch table and go sit by themselves?
What do your text messages say about people you hardly even know?
Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?
Ya know, I think that’s why I love watching these auditions on The Voice. The judges turn their chairs around if they believe the voice they are hearing is capable of moving forward in the competition, not whether they think the contestant looks like a superstar.
Everyone gets a true chance.
As I read in the Bible about what God says about appearance, He continually hits on two points:
- Each and every single person He created is beautiful.
- The world judges by the outside but Jesus is all about the inside.
I’m not sure when we all became so cocky to think that we know the standard for what is to be considered “beautiful.”
But how about this- we redefine “beautiful” as anything that Jesus made.
And how about we revert to encouragement rather than criticism when we talk about the way people look.
AND how about we stop investing so much stock in the appearance of something or someone and we invest in what really counts.
Hearts change the world.
And all voices deserve to be heard.
Also, some good news: Jesus always turns his chair for every contestant. Always.
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” –Proverbs 31:30
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” -1 Peter 3:3-4
“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” -1 Samuel 16:7