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Blind Spots (part 3)

American_idol_logoMy family is glued to the TV every week watching American Idol.  It’s great entertainment watching person after person think they can sing only to sound like an moaning, injured animal.  You’re left asking, "What kind of friends do these people have?"  "Why didn’t anyone tell them the truth?"

Is God asking you to reveal someones blind spots to them.  Let us take a cue from Jethro in Exodus 18.  Moses’ father-in-law celebrated what God was doing in and through Moses.  He worshiped with him and he affirmed their covenant relationship. (vs9-12)  This is what also allowed him to tell Moses the truth about what was not good in his life. 


Those are the elements that will make a safe "truth teller" to our friends  I think that if we are not in a relationship with someone in these ways then we should not take the liberty to point out what is wrong in their life.  When we celebrate, worship and covenant with someone we have established a relationship where God and his love keeps us together in grace and truth.

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posted February 17, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Recently my husband started coming to church with me. (yay!) He said he loved the bit about American Idol because he couldn’t guess beforehand why you were bringing it up in the middle of a sermon, but then you went full circle and brought the meaning home for him about how we need to be checking our friends’ blind spots. Thanks for the consistently great sermons.

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posted February 17, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Not to “ruin” AI for you, but the reason all those poor souls think they can sing, isn’t because their “friends” said so(although undoubtedly some have that misfortune) but that by the time they get to sing for Simon, Paula and Randy, they’ve made it through 4 ROUNDS of auditions. They’ve seen thousands of incredibly talented singers eliminated for reasons such as: “You’re just not strong enough to continue in this competition” to “You should really pursue a different career choice” so, when someone who they think (and actually is)an amazing vocalist is told no and they’re given a pass, it bolsters their confidence in their ability(or lack thereof)…THAT’s why they think they can sing…just so you know…

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posted February 18, 2008 at 11:27 am

Here’s a website that talks of the Johari window and Blind Spots

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posted February 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm

It is so true that we need to be in deep, spiritual relationships with those who are free to point out our blindspots. Often we fear being exposed, but think about how much easier Moses’ life got!

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melody washington

posted February 19, 2008 at 10:44 am

I have really enjoyed this series so far, but what do you do when someone isn’t willing to recieve you telling them their blind spots?

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posted February 19, 2008 at 9:09 pm

I’d never seen American Idol. So tonight I looked it up on YouTube, and after a click here and a click there, I ended up at the show Britian’s Got Talent. It was there I discovered Paul Potts. Have you seen this guy? He was a mobile phone seller with, he said, confidence issues, and then he got on their show and completely floored them with his opera. You should check it out!

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posted February 26, 2008 at 11:51 am

I appreciate your sincerity and believe that you are a Christian, but Blind Spots IV could have been preached by any Mormon, or even a Muslim. You did not direct people to Jesus but to themselves. You should have said, “Samson did not and could not keep his vows and neither can you, but there is one who has done it for you, Jesus. In His name you are forgiven and given a new life.” A nice speech on morality might make people feel good but it doesn’t lead anyone to faith in Jesus as the Savior. Such sermons only lead to despair for those who rightly confess they are sinners or hypocrisy for those who think they are great at checking their blind spots. Every sermon should kill the listeners with the law and raise them with Jesus by the power of the Gospel.

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posted February 26, 2008 at 6:35 pm

I always good to get honest feedback, I’m assuming that this series is taken as a whole and that they build on each other…that being the case this last one assumes what I have said leading up to it…namely, “No one can live the Christian life only Christ can live it in us.”

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