|Posted on July 7, 2009 at 4:34 PM|
Michael Jackson has been dead for over two weeks, Today, July 7, 2009 his body will finally be buried at least once. Over the fourth, Steve McNair, football player, iconic figure to Nashville died possibly at the hands of his girlfriend. Many adjectives will be used to describe Mcnair such as great, warrior, devoted, father, son, husband, but I think the one I’ll remember will be adulterer based on Biblical fact and definition. None of that matters to the point of today’s message, but it is loosely related.
How much is a life worth? How is it the entire world forgets about the economic downfall, the debacle in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the fact that the great one, our charismatic leader’s popularity is swaying in the midst of his inept ability to deliver on promises and perpetual backsliding? Answer: We are blooming idiots. Mcnair and Jackson are now in eternity. Their bodies are as The Bible says turn back to dust. As will we all. But here’s the hypocrisy; every day people die, killed even, and yet, not everyone is mourned like the so-called celebrities which is a delusional mantle that we as a people place on others because we view our own failed existence as pathetic. We look to others who have what we want and try so hard to vicariously live through them by thinking we are part of their world. Here’s an example; you ever say we when watching a football game in reference to the coaching or a play? Ever attend a concert or buy a song and think, “Oh man that song was written for me!”
Now why do I mention all this and how does it relate to scripture? There is a scripture that most people say to those who have lost loved ones. It is true like all scripture, but it is not appropriate to use on people who have just lost loved ones. Before we get to that scripture, I want to share the part of scripture that comes before it.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
Wow. Let me break this down just to be sure everyone understands. Life is hard, full of tragedy, disappointment, trials, and sad realizations. If you are not a Christian, one who accepts and acknowledge Christ as the Lord of your life, you’re prayers according to scripture are of no use to God. God hears the prayers of His children. When we His Christian don’t know what to pray, we are told in the Word that the Holy Spirit, the third part of the Triune God; Father, son, and Spirit, intercedes, steps up to the plate sports’ fans for us. As a Christian there is nothing more comforting to know other than our salvation in Christ is secure than for the Spirit that lives within us to step up for us when we do not know where, what, or how to begin praying.
Now the scripture most people use at inappropriate time is this Romans 8:28:
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
How can a death of a soldier, teenagers, so-called celebrity, or an infant be useful? If you are a parent, the last thing you want to hear from anyone is that God is going to take your daughter’s senseless, violent death and turn it to good if you love him. The scripture doesn’t mean that exactly anyway, but it sounds like it to the grieving heart.
One concept that is so hard for nonbelievers so I’m told and a lot of new Christians is acceptance in destiny. King David wrote a lot about destiny in Psalms.
Lord, even before I speak a word, you know all about it. You are all around me. You are behind me and in front of me. You hold me in your power.
13-14 You created the deepest parts of my being. You put me together inside my mother's body. How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that.
16 Your eyes saw my body even before it was formed. You planned how many days I would live. You wrote down the number of them in your book before I had lived through even one of them.
It is fair for us as failed flesh to question God. Job if you recall questioned God immensely in regard to his life circumstances. Paul furthermore addresses the idea of questioning God in general in Romans chapter 9:19-20 with a reference to Isaiah as well.
Who can oppose what he wants to do?" But you are a mere man. So who are you to talk back to God? Scripture says, "Can what is made say to the one who made it, 'Why did you make me like this?' "—(Isaiah 29:16; 45:9)
Does God sit back and watch tragic events like murders take place without intervening as Thomas Jefferson expressed? No. God is constantly moving in the lives of His children.
It is easy to say, “God is gone,” when bad stuff happens or stuff simply doesn’t go our way, but we must remember Romans 8:28 regardless of circumstance because it is the truth.
Regardless of how you feel about it, the fact of God’s being God is irrefutable by sarcasm, flawed science, your own over-extended sense of self-worth, and Satan’s attempts to blind you from the fact that:
God, Abba Father, Jehovah, I AM is the creator of all things. He made the infant that dies during birth, the infant that is mistakenly called a fetus and his violently ripped apart in the name of democratic choice, the unrepentant murderer on parole, the born again believer strapped to a table waiting for the phone to ring, the teenagers taken too soon, the so-called kings of music, men, sport stars, the elderly that sits alone in the nursing home waiting for visitors that will never come, the rapist, the victim, all either sinners or saints based on their belief in Him, Christ, The Alpha and Omega, Son of God, the unblemished Lamb.