Friday, July 03, 2009

What is WRONG with people?

The day Michael Jackson died, was evidently, a black day for many. Everyone is laying flowers, stuffed animals, pictures and candles in memorial for his life.

In fact, we had two young boys come to our front door. They rang the bell, my mother-in-law answered, and they asked her if she knew that Michael Jackson had died. She said yes. Then they asked if she was a fan of his. She said no.

Then they asked... are you ready for this??? Do you want to buy a Michael Jackson shirt?

Now that’s respect for the dead.


The man is barely cold and society is already trying to turn a profit!

Oh, we cracked up about that for quite a while. And then, when I repeated the story at work, someone pointedly remarked: If we had reporters back in the times of Jesus, do you think they would have covered his death like Michael Jacksons?

Would it have been publicly broadcast across the world, or would it have been a quiet, one line report in the obits?

I can just see it now. A kid walking up to a clay house, banging on the wooden door, and saying: Hey, did you know Jesus died today? Were you a fan? Wanna buy a piece of his garment or a piece of the torn curtain? How about a lot that was cast for his garments? No?


That may have come across a bit sacrilege... I certainly didn't mean any disrespect... But, what has gotten into people? Why do they idolize this man, and when did he become god-like in their minds?

I just don’t get it.

All I have to say is ... YOU BETTER BE A BIG FAN of Jesus when you die! And I do mean a personal, vital, growing HOT AS FIRE relationship with Him!


Tap, tap, tap ... is this thing on? [crickets chirping]

This is the end of the public broadcast. Your computer will now go black.


Susanne said...

I don't even know what to say about the idolization that we as people tend to put upon other people. On mere human beings just because they have a talent. And yet we are so afraid to show any passion towards or about the One who saved us, who came down from his throne gave His life for us, and redeemed us to live forever with Him. Have we got it backwards or what?

LvlyRita said...

One of the missionaries who shared on Sunday at Convention said that too much gossip is surrounding Mr. Jackson, and we should instead be gossiping about Jesus.

Jesus is the best, isn't He?

Mel C. said...

I agree with you. I remember watching the news that day and right after he died there were people were selling t-shirts in front of the UCLA hospital. He was not even dead for an hour and someone already had t-shirts made. The news reported that the person selling t-shirts had already sold 300 in the first hour!! Yikes!!!