Christian Theology

June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson Has Died (A Christian Reflection)

It was just reported that Michael Jackson has died after going into cardiac arrest.  During this time our hearts, as Christians, go out to the family and his children.   To reflect on such an event as a believer is sobering to say the least.  To reflect on the death of anyone would do the same, but there seems to be something extra when it is a person like Michael Jackson.  To imagine that even kings, even if they were just the “King of Pop,” will one day stand before the King of kings, should cause us all to pause and reflect for a moment on our lives.

Scripture tells us that it is appointed once for a man to die, then the judgment (Heb. 9:27).   All men, even those who seemed to have the world by the tail for a time, are subjected to it.   What is more troubling for the Christian who considers such an event, is to see how many people are still clamoring to have what Michael had at the height of his fame, knowing that many fail to see how quickly these kingdoms will come crashing down.

There is no doubt that fame has engulfed many to the point that it seems to have consumed them, and it should not be surprising when we consider that scripture tells us that “the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest” (Isa 57:20).  Even if we end up with all that we dreamed of in this world, unless Christ is our treasure we will not find the rest that seems to be eluding us (Matt. 16:26).   In fact, we often impale ourselves with many troubles as we pursue it (1 Tim 6:10).

There is a restlessness in the human heart as Augustine pointed out when he said,  “Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.”  This restlessness comes from the fact that there is a knowledge of God written on our hearts, and in our sinfulness we want nothing to do with it (Rom. 1:18-20).  It is from this point that our pursuits for peace take us everywhere except the one place we would be able to find it.

In our sinfulness we reject God, knowing that we have violated his ways (Rom 1:32), and to cover up that knowledge, we tend to work even harder to find things that can distract us from that truth.  In it we tend to go further and further down a path of vanity, for all is vanity apart from Christ (Ecc. 1:2). 

From here we create our own standards of what we think a good person ought to be, but even by our own standards we fail to measure up.  Only by deceiving ourselves are we able maintain any level of respectability and righteousness.  Often during these pursuits, we find ourselves engaging in all kinds of aberrant behavior simply trying to measure up to our own standards.  In it, we are clinging to our own righteousness in order to appease the God we know is there.  For many, even in their suppression of the truth, will create a God to their liking and will try to appease him (Rom 1:23), but the God of scripture tells us that all our righteousness is like filthy rags, and he wants nothing to do it them (Isa. 64:6).  But, praise God, He then goes on to tell us of the remedy that he has offered in Christ Jesus for all of us have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Rom. 3:23) .  You see, God the Father sent his son to die upon the cross to bear the punishment for all who will believe in Him (John 3:16) in order to bring us into a right relationship with Him and give us the peace we are seeking. 

As was mentioned before, it is appointed once for a man to die then the judgment, but the only way anyone will be able to stand in the judgment is if they are in Christ, because he is the only one who has lived a truly righteous life and paid the penalty for our sins (Acts 4:12), and if we are not in Christ we will have to pay our own penalty for sins.  This truth applies to all men and women, whether rich or poor, famous or unknown, loved by the world or not.

To paraphrase John Donne, when we hear that someone has died and we wonder for whom the bell tolls, there is a sense in which it will always be tolling for us.  It is a constant reminder of our own frailty, telling us to be cognizant of our own end, and to ponder what awaits us afterward, and whether or not we are living life the way it should be lived; to the glory of God (Psalm 39:4).

God Bless,

Doug Eaton

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10 Comments »

  1. Thank you Doug, my brother in Christ! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS TO HEAR – RIGHT NOW!
    If only you could spread this further. But hopefully still many will stumble on this blog. I am
    going to share it with my people near me. Thanks for blogging the Truth – “BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus
    Christ and you shall be saved!” Amen!

    For you are saved by GRACE, through FAITH, and that not of yourselves it is the GIFT OF GOD, and not of
    WORKS, lest any man should boast.”
    A Reformation Believer

    Comment by Sandy — June 25, 2009 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

  2. Do you think michael jackson was a christian and when to heaven

    Comment by Funmi — June 27, 2009 @ 1:26 am | Reply

  3. Hallelujah!!! He is in Paradise with the Lord God and Jesus, saints, angels…
    Now He feels the REAL HOLY love He has been waiting for. Michael Jackson once quoted “He is happy, but not satisfied”. He now can walk on the street of gold, walk through the pearly gates, and have perfect peace, shed no more tears, no more pain, and he can really enjoy his life eternity with the Lord.
    I’m so glad he accepted Jesus Christ in his heart 3 weeks ago. Praise the Lord!!! KEEP PRAYING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL and the Love of Christ SAINTS with others.
    He prayed the sinner’s prayer >>> http://randythomas.org/2009/06/27/michael-jackson-became-a-christian-before-dying/
    You see the truth is written in all our hearts- “Jesus is the way, the truth and the light/life. And no man can come unto the Father “God” only but through His son Jesus Christ.
    But so many don’t want to choose God, and they use their free will and choose another path – denying the Lord God totally in selffishness, and careless acts/behavior and fear and sometimes of embarassment. But for these people there is still hope, even if it’s at the last minute. All they have to do is Call upon the name of Jesus to save them!! They will be saved. For others, they will convert to Christianity and go into the world and preach the gospel and God has commanded us to, because “freely we recieved, free we give” and share the gospel.
    In addition, here’s the key to get into the Kingdom of Heaven.
    “Forgive and God will forgive you of your sin, tresspasses and debts.”
    The Lord’s prayer…
    Our Father, who art in heaven
    hallowed be thy Name,
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread
    And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those
    who trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
    For thine is the kingdom,
    and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever.
    Amen.

    http://christiantheology.wordpress.com/2009/06/25/michael-jackson-has-died-a-reflection/#comment-4055

    Comment by Keima — June 28, 2009 @ 7:29 am | Reply

  4. Awesome Post! Very well said!! I couldn’t of said it better!!!

    Right on! ;)

    Comment by crystalcraven — June 28, 2009 @ 10:43 am | Reply

  5. Just so that you are aware::
    Michael Jackson was good friends with Gospel Artist Andre Crouch. Andre had worked in the studio with Michael on one of his past recordings. About 3 weeks before his death, Andre and Saundra Crouch visited Michael and led Michael through the sinners prayer. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour.

    Comment by laurie — June 29, 2009 @ 9:16 am | Reply

    • Totally fabricated- sadly – please dont go the same way as the tabloids and lie to get your own view across – stick to the truth in all …

      Comment by Anonymous — September 21, 2011 @ 9:32 am | Reply

  6. im so glad Michael Jackson accepted Christ as his personal saviour. If only he would have done it ealier in his career, the whole world would know what a Great God we serve. Michael could have touched the lives of many with his high social status; but its not only what we dont do that matters, its also what we do that matters. Michael accepted Jesus Christ as his lord, theres nothing better a person can do. So i would like to say congratulations Michael on your amazing career; u were my favorite artist, my idol, even if im only 17. But more importantly congrats on accepting Jesus, because even tho you were the king, ur with the KING OF KINGS forever

    -not the only fan, but a true fan- T.W.

    Comment by toad — June 29, 2009 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  7. Great message!

    Comment by Jennifer — June 30, 2009 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  8. i am TRULY TRULY TOCHED by the first article…it is so true, everyone has to meet God one day(when i was reading it I BEGAN start to sob/cry). I do belive that you were guided by he holy spirt to type this article. because right NOW in my life i truly needed to read this… THANK YOU SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH.

    N.C.(AGE 16)

    Comment by Anonymous — June 30, 2009 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  9. Michael accepted Jesus way before 2009… aside from his song lyrics which he personally wrote, how can y’all forget his interview with Oprah? And I quote directly from the transcript:

    Michael: Well, thank you. I, I love to do things for children and I try to imitate Jesus – I am not saying I am Jesus, I’m not saying that.

    Oprah: Yes, we’re clear on that.

    Michael: Right, I’m trying to imitate Jesus in the fact that he said to be like children, to love children, to be as pure as children and to make yourself as innocent [...]

    That’s back in 1993, people! He grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness, going door-to-door even in adulthood, so it’s no shock.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 25, 2013 @ 10:59 am | Reply


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