Well, it is deja vue all over again. Another internationally known entertainer has died. Michael Jackson – the King of Pop – dead at 50 from yet unknown causes. But, they suspect a mixture of perscription and non-perscription drugs certainly did not help his heart to keep beating. Shades of Heath Ledger, Anna Nicolle Smith, Elvis Presley and others over the years.
Now the whole world is paying attention. Hour upon hour of cable news and talk radio is dedicated to his life, his death, his fans, his music, his legacy, his stupidy, his financial trouble, his impact on the music world and on and on and on.
Am I the only one who thinks there might be more important news to be reporting on – or, at the least, more important and interesting people to report on? How about the kid down the block selling lemonaide and donating the money to some charity further down te block. Ah! That’s better.
The Bible addresses just the issue we are looking at – people’s lives out of control because their money got ahead of their character. 3 John 2 states: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” And, these people had more financial prosperity then their soul could handle. Their character had not kept pace with their income. Their soul had not prospered spiritually.
And when I say “spiritual” I am not referring to L. Ron Hubbard and the cult of Scientology. It seems many of the entertainment world believe in what this heritic preached and wrote. Sad. When I refer to one’s soul prospering I’m talking about having your spirit person fed on the Word of God daily because “man does not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” I’m referring to having your mind renewed by the Word of God so that your thoughts line up with God’s thoughts – lining up a little closer than most people’s do on any given day. Afterall, God did bluntly state that “His thoughts are greater than our thoughts and His ways different than our ways.” And, we must not forget the important area of submission – where our will is submitted to His will. Our mind, will, emotions – our soul – will prosper when living according to God’s Word. Nothing more and nothing less.
It seems Michael Jackson failed to recognize this in spite of his mega millions of records sold and a large fortune earned (and spent). As did Anna Nicholle Smith, Keith Ledger, and Elvis Presley. And, it seems that the thousands of Michael Jackson fans are celebrating a legacy that just may not be worth even remembering. And, the whole thing is fed by a media frenzy – especially in the summer months when important news is hard to find and slow in coming.
Well, I got more reading done than normal – I switched off all news channels and news broadcasts as well as all talk radio because I, for one, was simply tired of hearing about a 50 year old man who was not an example that I would want my children to emulate. It has made for a quiet couple of days.