Wednesday, July 8, 2009

who is like God (some notes from the Michael Jackson Memorial Service)

This will not be a popular devotion, but it something that I need to share.  Hang with me to the end.  If you need to write me a nasty e-mail after that, so be it ...

Exodus 15:11 (nlt) --- Who is like you among the gods, O Lord—glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor, performing great wonders?

Isaiah 46:9 (nlt) --- Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.

I sat and watched a portion of the memorial service for Michael Jackson yesterday.  It was a moving.  Jackson was a creative genius who brought lots of joy to people through the years.  Thousands upon thousands of people have great respect for this man who is now called "the king of pop".  But Michael Jackson is not Jesus.

No one said he was.  But many people spoke about him at the memorial service and in the news.  Few talked about fate, faith and heaven.  Yet very few seemed to speak about the way to heaven.  In fact I was a bit put off by the performance of the song "We Are the World" as symbols of many world religions were thrown up on the screen.  It was not stated out loud, yet I couldn't stop thinking how this was a statement that all the world just needs love and that all religions are the same.  

Maybe I am way off, but I need to speak up.  We need to have a clear view of the path to heaven.  You can only get there one way.  It is through Jesus.  Plain and simple.

No.  I am not a "hell, fire and brimstone" kind of preacher.  I believe that God has called me and The Community Fellowship to demonstrate the love of God to our community, and we do that by getting people's attention by serving them and meeting needs.  As we are meeting their needs, we share about Jesus.  But we have to share Jesus.  He is the reason we do what we do, and He is the only way to heaven and to having any peace on earth.

Please don't take this as disrespect to Michael Jackson or his family.  Nor am I saying that Michael Jackson was not a Christian.  What I am saying is that we need to point people to the one who really matters.  And that is Jesus.

Who is like God?  We can be examples of God.  We can point people to God.  We will never be perfect, but we must be honest and know where we are going.

John 17:3 (nlt) --- And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.

May you and I be honest about life and about the way to have life.  May we be talked about in this way, he / she ... who is like God.

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