Friday, June 26, 2009

The King of Pop and the King of Kings

Last night I received the news that Michael Jackson had died. The singer dubbed the “King of Pop” was only 50 years old. Michael’s career impacted many people’s lives including my own. In my late teens, I bought copies of his “Off the Wall” and “Thriller” albums. At 20 when I started pursuing a secular music career, I purchased a jacket similar to the one Michael wore in the “Thriller” video. While working as a nightclub disc jockey, I often played Michael’s music, which usually packed the dance floor.

After committing my life to Jesus in 1991, I frequently prayed for Michael Jackson’s salvation. Because he was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, I was concerned about his eternal destiny. A few years ago Michael reportedly met with preacher/motivational speaker Paula White. I had hoped Paula talked with Michael about the necessity of being born again. But then I also found out that Michael supposedly embraced Islam last November largely through the encouragement of his brother Jermaine who had became a Muslim.

So is Michael Jackson in heaven right now? Only God knows for sure. One of my Facebook friends informed me that gospel musician Andrae Crouch (who previously worked with Michael) prayed with the King of Pop three weeks before his death. Andrae later clarified Michael didn’t specifically pray for salvation. Still I’m hoping Michael is now moonwalking on the Streets of Gold. It would be a tragedy if the Lord told Michael at the pearly gates to "Beat It."

In the meantime, there are still people alive who aren't born again. Let's get our attention back to reaching the lost. We can also pray for laborers to reach the rest of the Jackson family so that they all come to know the King of kings.

“These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” – Revelation 17:14

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