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Michael Jackson

July 13, 2009

I have been loosely following the Michael Jackson story. When I say loosely, I mean, I, like everyone else, have been inundated with the coverage day in and day out. I find myself reflecting on this:

What a miserable, painful, empty life he lived. We all saw the ways he tried to deal with his pain. We all joke about the surgeries. Many of us, including myself, have had to explain to our children why he looked the way he did, and why he sounded the way he did. We all question the lifestyle he lived, and some of the accusations against him are disgusting at best. The interviews of him show an older man chronologically, but a mere adolescent emotionally. Michael Jackson lived the very definition of an empty life, though he threw everything at the void that was in his heart. He had virtually everything money could buy, and yet nothing he needed.

All of that should cause us to lower our heads in sadness, not in disgust. If we view him with contempt and disgust, we are viewing him with very human eyes. What would happen if we saw him with God’s eyes?

Seriously. Think about what would happen.

Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? – Ezekiel 18.23

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