Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Deification of People

This is not a commentary on Michael Jackson, his talent, music, or life. This is a comment on how the media has over reported the story since the man died. Serious riots in China were not reported in the US for a couple of days nor was the coup in Honduras.

Michael Jackson was an extraordinary talent, but he was a person - a human being like you and me. I have avoided TV since he died as much as possible, but have seen enough to know many people emptied their bank accounts to stand in front of the Staples Center today during the service.

It is very easy to cross over the line from being a fan to setting someone up as an idol.

Please keep his children in your prayers, I fear the vultures are circling to grab what they can from his estate.

Keep these words close to your heart:

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

7 comments:

luvmy4sons said...

Yes...an awful lot of attention. I do not like are comfortableness with the word Idol in our country. I watched yesterday...and found I was sad...not for me as I was neither a fan or not a fan...but for his children...for the pain he was obviously in...and for those who have made him an Idol in their lives. Jesus. Jesus. I just kept saying His name as a prayer for our country and his family!

Connie Arnold said...

Thank you for your post. I've been having similar thoughts.

Linda said...

You put so beautifully what so many of us have been thinking. Thank you Annette.

Wendy said...

I agree with the others. You've put into words what I am thinking. I also fear for his children. I can appreciate his talent, but did not like the person (or idol) he became.

And as you say, way too much attention on his passing. We are all human. We are all God's children. No one is better than the other.

annie's eyes said...

I had surgery the day he and Farrah died. I have watched a lot of old movies...Michael was a sad example of someone who had everything yet had nothing. I agree the media has completely overplayed the whole thing, possibly in morbid fascination as much as setting him up as an idol. It makes me sad for him, sad for his children, sad for a world that sensationalizes such a life.

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