Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009)

(1982 promo picture for Thriller)

Michael Jackson died today at the age of 50. He was an indisputable force in pop music and culture.

From what I observed Michael Jackson was an uber-talented, eccentric, confused, bizarre, and tragic individual whose life seemed to be built on the sand.

"All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever"
I Peter 1:24-25

11 comments:

Rick Calohan said...

Wow, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and now Michael Jackson. Celebrities as the cliché goes “seem to go in threes.” in the immortal words of Jim Morrison, “No one is getting out of here alive.” While the top second banana, one of Charlie’s Angels and the King of Pop are dead and to their families and friends our sympathies, the Bible reminds us all that the King of Kings still lives and reigns and is seated at the right hand of the Father. As Dr. D. James Kennedy reminded us before his on earthly death the following:

“Now, I know that someday I am going to come to what some people will say is the end of this life. They will probably put me in a box and roll me right down here in front of the church, and some people will gather around, and a few people will cry. But I have told them not to do that because I don’t want them to cry. I want them to begin the service with the Doxology and end with the Hallelujah chorus, because I am not going to be there, and I am not going to be dead. I will be more alive than I have ever been in my life, and I will be looking down upon you poor people who are still in the land of dying and have not yet joined me in the land of the living. And I will be alive forevermore, in greater health and vitality and joy than ever, ever, I or anyone has known before.”


Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. (John 6:47 ESV)

Brother Titus said...

Michael Jackson was raised a Jehovah's Witness, but in later life rejected it. Unfortunately, he didn't reject it for something better in life (....seems almost anything would've been better than the way he had been living for the last 30 years.), like a relationship with God, in Christ.

Frontier Forest said...

I was wonder what the Hollywood icons are going to say when they first come before the King of King and Lord of Lord’s? One thing for sure, they will bow the knee to that Very Precious Name! The Hollywood elite have waited not time in making him a saint! You are right Tony and Rick, this man was a very strange and lonely “pop-star” with a whole bunch of mental and emotional baggage. Sill, I give him credit for being one of the most creative, charismatic and extraordinary entertainer since the Beetles.

Frontier Forest said...

I always wonder what the Hollywood icons are going to say when they first come before the King of King and Lord of Lord’s? One thing for sure, they will bow the knee to that Very Precious Name! The Hollywood elite have waited no time in making him a saint! You are right Tony and Rick, this man was a very strange and lonely “pop-star” with a whole bunch of mental and emotional baggage. Sill, I give him credit for being one of the most creative, charismatic and extraordinary entertainer since the Beetles.

Brother Titus said...

I thought you to be a pastor. How long is your "Michael Jackson" tribune going to be first on your site? It's the third day up there for that post. Only Jesus Christ rose on the third day.

Emily V said...

Michael Jackson was black?!

(Okay, you don't have to post this, but I thought it was funny.... :) )

Brother Titus said...

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Reepicheep said...

Chill Bro. Titus...I wouldn't call it a tribute.

I've been out of town for 4 days so I haven't had the chance to post anything new.

Besides...it's my blog!! :)

Brother Titus said...

Do whatever you'd like to on your blog. I figured you were away doing something more important, since you post stuff very regularly. I was just trying to crack a joke while you were away. I guess it didn't translate too well. Sorry.

Reepicheep said...

no worries Bro. Titus.

Rick Calohan said...

Saturday was a melancholy type of a day as I shared with my wife Dorothy thanks to You Tube and all the documentaries on the life of Michael Jackson. Now I was not by and large a Michael Jackson fan but I could not deny his talent and legacy of music. I remember little Michael and the Jackson 5 from Saturday morning cartoons, American Bandstand, during the end of the Disco Era with Off the Wall album, and being in high school when in 1983 Thriller came out and all his idiot fans were saying how he was bigger than Elvis and the Beatles that debate will never end. To think the first song released from the album was “The Girl is Mine” with Paul McCartney my favorite musician. I think my view of him tarnished when Michael bought the music rights to The Beatles. However, listening to his music it brought back memories of my youth and how this life is fleeting. Michael did not live a normal life and it became more bizarre the more famous he became. He seemed to have peaked at Thriller and each album afterward were major disappointments as far as critical and commercial success. Coupled with the case of child molestation allegations in 1993 that was settled out of court and he was trialed and acquitted in 2005 on a similar charge, will always be part of parcel of any look back on his life.

Celebrity deaths always bring pause and reflection, some deaths are to be expected due to long periods of ill health as was the case Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett, but in Michael’s case who was eight years my senior it seems so surreal. I mean not as surreal when Elvis died at 42, or John Lennon being murdered at 40. Michael died at the age of 50 rather his heart attack was natural or caused by a deadly mix of prescription medications, there is even talk he had skin cancer how advance remains unknown, or a lethal injection by an enabler doctor remains to be seen. All the fame and all the fortune did not bring him I believe any happiness in this world. No amount of good he did through his donations to various charities is going to earn him frequent flyer miles, and all that he had he can not take in the next world.

Job 14
Job Continues: Death Comes Soon to All

14:1 “Man who is born of a woman
is few of days and full of trouble.
2 He comes out like a flower and withers;
he flees like a shadow and continues not.