Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Crazy Love

What I am about to write is not to bash Michael Jackson, OK? As I have written before, he was one of the most talented showmen in my lifetime. Rather it is to question those who are trying to shape his legacy. I keep hearing it said that his body of work had one message: Love. And while admitting that I never had a recording of his, I am fairly familiar with many of his hits. So I am thinking which ones these people are alluding to? "Billie Jean"? Or "Thriller" or "Beat It"? Or maybe the weird ballad to a rat named "Ben"? Just wondering.

Interesting lines from the book I am currently reading, Crazy Love:

Quoting Fredrick Buechner: "Intellectually we all know that we will die, but we do not really know it in the sense that the knowledge become a part of us. We do not really know it in the sense of living as though it were true. On the contrary, we tend to live as though our lives would go on forever."

From the author, Francis Chan: "When I am consumed by my problems -- stressed out about my life, my family, my job -- I actually convey the belief that I think the circumstances are more important than God's command to always rejoice. In other words, that I have a 'right' to disobey God because of the magnitude of my responsibilities."

Then, speaking of worry and stress, he says: "Basically, these two behaviors communicate that it's okay to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance."


Jeff said...

Great stuff. I'm going to have to re-read the book before long. I know I read some stuff that hit me hard but didn't have time to sink in.

NJ Stevenson said...

Rick, great thought. Micheals gifts and talents crossed racial barriers, he was talented in ways many of us can't even begin to imagine but you have spoken well. Unfortunately talent has a way of blinding people to truth. God is not impressed by our talents because is the giver of those talents.

Micheal does indeed leave a wonderful musical legacy; I believe the essence of his person was 'love' and that love is something he longed that was a mirage in his life not something that was demonstrated through the lyrics/beats of his songs.