Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Vanity of Vanities

I want to post an email sent out from Andrew Strom pertaining to the recent deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. When I read the email Saturday afternoon, it greatly echoed my thoughts earlier that morning as I read my bible. I was reading in Ecclesiastes thinking “vanity of vanities—poor Michael Jackson”. I was so into the Jackson Five, when I was a young kid myself. A huge fan back then. Today, looking at details into Michael Jackson's life, one can sense there was a certain emptiness-- something was not as it should be. Despite all he had: the money, the fame, and his unquestionable talent--there was something missing--a silent emptiness.

After I accepted Jesus as my Savior, the first thing I wonder when someone famous and (not famous dies) is whether they knew Jesus Chirst.

"Vanity of vanities..." Our physical lives are only temporary, and all mankind must consider the eternal. Indeed, it is a vapor compared to eternity.

Jesus said "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26

Hebrews 9:27-28
27) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28) So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Find the email article directly below:


-by Andrew Strom.

Most of you will have heard the sad news of the passing of two pop icons in one day yesterday. Farrah Fawcett was 63 and died after a long battle with cancer. Michael Jackson the "prince of pop", aged only 50, died in even sadder circumstances. How tragic that even the vast machinery of fame cannot shield its many lost sons from a lonely, miserable existence and an unhappy end.

No doubt Farrah Fawcett could look back on the glory years when young women around the world imitated her hairstyle and her "look". I can remember as a kid watching "Charlie's Angels", though I have to admit far preferring "The Six Million Dollar Man" as a 10-year-old. She will be remembered as a battler to the end, an icon of her era. But oh, how fleeting is life. And oh, how empty is fame. And oh, how pointless is earthly success when eternity stretches before all.

Michael Jackson could have looked back on years of pop glory and superstar fame - when his dance moves dazzled the whole world. But then came the surgeries, the bizarre behaviour, the ugly allegations, the court cases, the hundreds of million$ of debt.

Like another famous "prince" of pop (actually - his father in law - Elvis Presley), he seemingly died unhappy and alone, his "comeback" unrealized, his fame a chain around his neck, his death a shock in one still so young. Elvis died at 42, and now his son-in-law Michael at 50. Fame seemingly does not take good care of its own when they pass their "use-by" date. And so the ephemeral idols of our shallow culture continue crashing down.

"For what is your life?" asks the apostle James. "It is a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away."

"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher of Ecclesiastes, "All is vanity... All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again."

If it is one thing we can learn from the life and death of every 'icon' on this planet, it is that we all must live with eternity in view, not the fleeting charade of this present world. As Leonard Ravenhill so eloquently asked, "Are the things you're living for worth Christ dying for?"

A sad day.

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God bless you all.

Andrew Strom.