Thursday, February 16, 2012
Some thoughts on the passing of Whitney Houston
As the whole world is well aware at this point, I think there is some really horrible things said about the late Ms. Houston. And there are some really ridiculous conversations being had. For example:
I watched Dr. Drew for a few minutes, and he was saying that drug use and alcoholism was a disease, just like cancer.
Well, no "Dr. Drew." There are perfectly healthy people who live their lives with margin and are stricken with cancer out of now where--and NO fault to them. I know women who simply woke up one day and had a lump in their breast. Cancer is not a choice; but choosing to do drugs or take another drink is. We all have free will, and in this country we have the freedom to choose what we want to do with our lives or not do.
If you don't do drugs, you'll never be a drug addict. If you don't drink alcohol, you'll never be an alcoholic. You can't say the same for a disease like cancer.
But what all these TV personalities (Dr. Drew, etc) don't understand is that every human has an enemy, whose name is Satan. Jesus even tells us that Satan's objective is to "kill, steal, and destroy" us. (John 10:10) And Satan will use ANY means he can to destroy us. If it's the lure of drug euphoria, then he'll tempt us with that. If it's an lure of being super skinny, then he'll use that--bulimia or anorexia. If it's the lure of having the attention of guys, he'll destroy you with giving your body away in sex to get the "love" you think you need. See? Satan doesn't care with WHAT he destroys us with, all that matters is that he DESTROYS us.
But we have hope. Jesus knew all of this, and He came so that we may have life (if we choose it) and we all get choices to make in life.
Deuteronomy 30:19 This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.
But even after recognizing we have the responsibility to make right choices in life, and that we all have an enemy that is hoping for our destruction--we have the Great "I AM" who is the Creator of life, the redeemer of our lives and the Savior of our lives-- on our side. And God always prevails. Not matter what you are facing, God is bigger and can deliver you in ways you can't even imagine. Our job is to seek Him first. But that is the hope we have while our hearts still beat. That's why it matters NOW what we choose, no one is guaranteed their next breath!
Anyway, I really think the loss of Whitney Houston is sad, just as the loss of anyone else is. It's like a little light went out in the world, never to be lit again. It makes me sad that she believed the lies of Satan and followed his lead to total destruction. Whenever I think of it, or am reminded as every show and news program seems to keep harping on every aspect of her life--I just pray for her daughter and mother. I personally think that after someone has passed, we shouldn't speak negatively about them, but rather give grace to their surviving family members and allow them to grieve without feeling that the whole world is cannibalizing on their passed loved one. I don't think I could even watch tv right now if I was Whitney Houston's daughter.
People think just because they are wealthy/celebrity, that it makes it okay. But I'm sure that Whitney Houston's daughter would give every last penny away just to have her mom again. There are things that money can't help, can't cure and can't fix. I think it's unfair that tv people even allude to that. What can I say? I think the media is mostly cannibalistic and feed on tragedy. After all, when I was in college, my journalism professor said the maxim was "if it bleeds, it leads." So not much has changed since I was in school unfortunately.
But I know you all have big hearts, as many of you have shared them with me already. I encourage you all to pray for Bobbi Christina (Whitney's daughter) that she would come to know Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior and find healing and stable ground on which to build her life from here forward. God being a loving God, even tells us in Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Posted by Tiffany at 10:03 PM