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Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop Suddenly Dies

Posted on June 26, 2009. Filed under: God, Politics, Spiritual Growth | Tags: , , |

I, like millions, maybe billions around the world enjoy listening to the music that Michael Jackson made. Yes, I too was saddened when I heard that “Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop” was dead. I was not your typical Michael Jackson fan, I was a heavy metal maniac that would not be caught listening to Pop music, but Michael Jackson had a way of transcending from one culture to the next. He was able to bring people from all cultures together to enjoy his music, which is one reason people called him “The King Of Pop”.

So, when he passed yesterday, someone who was able to bring people together musically is gone, and we will only be able to listen to his time-honored music in our CD players, IPODS, Cassettes, and maybe a few remaining record album players, (I don’t think that are any 8-track’s). We all wanted him to continue producing more music over the last several years, but unfortunately his life was marred with all of the legal and anti social behavioral issues that seemed to continuously invade his private life.

With his fame, came disappointment. Disappointment in the fact that he could not continue making music the way he was able to, calibrated, with a lot of energy. But, as life continued on, he seemed to be bombarded by the media and all of these issues outside his music. To me, this is the counter tragedy. We all wanted him to make more music, but he couldn’t shake the demon of fame, that stretched it’s ugly arms around him and did everything it could to bring him down.

As a culture, we placed to much pressure on our so-called “Icons” or “Kings”. We want so much to look up to someone, that we put them up on this pedestal, only to watch them eventually fall. After all, we are all human, including “Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop”, he too has a finite life span. We put too many expectations on our celebrities, sports stars, etc. We need to stop making them “KINGS”, for they are just men and women like everyone else.

Eventually, all of us fail as humans, and so did Michael. The big difference for “Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop”, was that he was so high up on everyones social scale, that when he did make a mistake, everyone watched. If people like Michael, who are really good at their craft, could just practice it and not be worshiped like “Idols”, then maybe we, as a society would not recognize their failures as such. You see, we all flounder in our lives, we are not any different, just not in the lime light.

Throughout the Bible, God tells us not to worship idols, which is what we do with many of our celebrities and sports stars. We even call Lebron James, “King James”. God doesn’t want us to do this, He tells us not to, and in doing so, makes Him jealous. So, we shouldn’t put people in this position. It is great to enjoy the arts of their craft, the abilities that God has given them should be appreciated, but we should not idolize the people doing the craft.

I have missed “Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop” making his music for a long time. But I will not ever think of any of our so-called Stars as someone that I should worship. The only one that we should worship is God, as he tells us in Exodus 20:3 (ESV), “You shall have no other gods before me.” We really need to consider this when we have the next “King Of Pop” come along, because we need to give them a break, allow them to be human, make mistakes, have a private life, and just enjoy their craft for what it is. We do not need to watch every part of their lives. Let’s just let them enjoy being remarkable at whatever it is that they are remarkable at, so that we can enjoy and experience their craft. Beyond that, let them live their lives, just like we want to live our lives, one day at a time, with our families and friends, maybe making a mistake here and there, apologizing in the process, and receiving forgiveness for our sins from Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

“Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop”, may you rest in peace, and may your music live on in the memories of all those who enjoy listening to it. I am blocking out the rest, all I want to remember is the music.

May you all have a blessed day,

Daryl

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