A new breed of divinity?


Death is funny. Obviously, not in a hilarous way, but funny in a strange sort of way. Although countless people die everyday, we elect some to receive extraordinary dimensions of praise and wonderment. Its like creating a new breed of divinity. A man angel. People gape, wonder after, exalt and believe an individual’s wayward eccentrics on earth qualify them for a seat at the left hand of God. People are quick to slap lily white angel wings on folks when they die.  People talk as if Jesus himself will rush to the pearly gates to personally applaud their hero, well,  for his earthly “heroics”. Perhaps there’s something in us that secretly hope that when we die, everyone will proclaim our grand –applause accentuated– entrance into heaven, too.

Despite man’s open sins, secret faults and tragic living, people use death as an opportunity to correct it all regardless of what the Bible says. A man’s talent or notoriety becomes his measure of success rather than the sincerety of his relationship with God. So we applaud success while walking very fast past the mirror which depicts the real image of the man.

Black folk are like that about Martin Luther King, Jr. Since his death his picture was always on the wall next to Jesus and John F. Kennedy. As if all three were in some way, equals.  But King was a known adulterer, destroying his temple with constant smoking and even denied the virgin birth, a core tenet of our faith. Yet, men worship him as some sort of man-angel.

Man worship is nothing new. Acts 12 records the tragic end of one man whom people unduly exalted.

Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there a while. 20 He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. Having secured the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply.

21 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22 They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” 23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.

Its there, but we have not learned our lesson. From Saul to Herod to Kurt Cobain to Elvis to Micheal Jackson to Tupac to Obama, the world and the church in far too many cases seem to need a man angel –a god-man– to look up to. Literally, people worship them to death. The expectations of living a god-man status can take its toll in private. The near hysteria over Michael Jackson’s death is puzzling. I expect the world to wonder after its own, but the church is just as caught up. Its appointed unto man once to die, then the judgment (Heb 9:27). That’s the standard right? Everyone will die and Jackson was no exception. I’m not sure of the timeline after death, but he is scheduled to face God at some point. Not as the “king of pop” but as Micheal Jackson. There will be no faux royalty in the presence of The King. Jackson was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, dabbled in Islam and allegedly had a “thief on the cross” experience three weeks before his death. But none of that matters, because after death comes judgment. And judgment is solely in the hands of God.

In context, there’s nothing wrong with being inspired by a person’s good works/deeds, but honestly they are still human and are no better than the homeless man laying under the 75/85 connector bridge in downtown Atlanta.

I always find it intriguing and offensive that some Christians would jump at spreading information about a man made idol but won’t tell people about Christ (or their sins) because they’re afraid of offending someone or being fired from their jobs. Some openly profess their devotion to a “star” but are in the closet about Christ. Puzzling.

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Mt 10:32,33

We lift people up, iconize and idolize them. But God pulls them down, exposing their humanity, frailties and sins to show us that only HE is worthy to be praised. But the world doesn’t get it. Soon, they’ll find another man to make an angel out of and the cycle will continue.

In conclusion, what is important? Jesus is the only true Savior, every man needs him and indeed without him, they will perish in their sins. That should be the church’s message to all the living, especially those who fancy themselves to be gods walking among mortal men.

Another excellent commentary worth reading —and implementing– is “The Gray Matter of African Americans by A Man from Issachar.


12 thoughts on “A new breed of divinity?

  1. Don't talk about MLK Jr. to older church leaders………you may get the "right hand of fellowship" depsite all of the evidence dictating his views. I did some research years back for colleg and I wanted to focus on his Christian background and I struggled to find anything……..but I did find the accounts of his early writings in college that denied tenets of our faith. I found it odd that there was very little mention of his theology and sermons about Christ.

    Truly the Idol worship is overwhelming!!

  2. 13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.

    14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

  3. Villiam youre right on that. People protect their gods at all costs even when the obvious is apparent. While I believe MLKjr accomplished good works, I find it hard to accept that God overlooks one's sins because of good works. We are saved (present and future) by faith alone, not by "social justice" works. If every black person was 100% free of racial discrimination, that still does not free them from the greater bondage of sin. Thanks!

  4. Thank you Pastor Foster for shedding truth on this subject!

    More lies are told at peoples funerals(LOL) about all of their works, accomplishments, etc. etc. etc. The person could have been a hell raiser, but he/she was a member of the Greater Glory In the Name of Jesus Holiness Mount Zion 1st 2nd Baptist AME Church of God(I did that on purpose to not single out any particular denomination, Amen.)

    I have seen people try to justify or praise a man's life when they had 1 wife plus 3 women who were all mothers of illegitimate children (i.e.and the guy did not marry the other 3), a poem of dedication from his then fiance who was half his age and the man did not live to see 50!

    I have seen people try to justify the life of a person as if they were saints and you never saw them in Church unless it was Homecoming or somebody's funeral. They may have given their hand to the preacher when they 8 or 10 years old but they did not have a relationship with CHRIST!

    It's SAD!

  5. Thank you! Check http://www.Streaming Faith.com out for their editor'slukewarm response to MJ's death as testament to what the above article states! I was saddened…but nothing shocks me anymore!

  6. Hmm…the "stars" (pop, movie, athletes, etc.) are falling; the planes are falling out of the sky; the economy is crumbling; the politicians are adulterous, corrupt and carnal. Is God bringing down all of man's "castles of sand" that we have "built to the sky" like the Tower of Babel? Are these signs of things yet to come, things shaking until nothing is left but that which brings true glory to God and the Lord Jesus Christ? Just a thought…thanks GCMWatch!

  7. I don't know where MJ went to that's between him and God. What I do know, is that there is a family still grieving over the death of their loved one. Three children who are already being drug through the media, by the media saying they are not his and debbie's children. I say we should pray for the left behind family members and the children that they ALL know and accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, because Michael is gone, his life here is over, but theirs is still continuing. Let us intercede for his children and his family through this tough time. The children are what really matters now everybody, the children. Let us, as children of God cover them in prayer and lift them up to God for the rest of their lives in Jesus name, Amen. This is our duty as adults and as children of God.

  8. Thanks for shining the light on this gross sin that God calls idolatry. I'm shocked as well of "Christians" falling apart over this man. He was a very sad man, even with all of his fame and fortune.
    Keep pressing the battle to the gate!
    (PS-website looks good)

  9. I would agree with that to an extent that we should pray for his family but I think this has to be pointed out, the Idolatry. Only Jesus should recieve such recognition and yes it is sad when the church gets caught in the hysteria. I agree we should pray for his family and hope he is with Jesus and move on.

    Its ridiculous how he has and is being treated, as this article states he is a man. I was watching a video of one of his concerts and as the camera was going by the crowd I see a grown man screaming and crying, A MAN! I know I am saved but my fleah wanted to go through the TV and give him a real good box!
    Do I need to ask for forgiveness?


    Millions of little members of the worldwide F.F.A. (Future Followers of the Antichrist) have finally learned how to find a certain part of their lower anatomy and quickly touch it while dancing – thanks to Michael Jackson, the highest paid Lower Anatomy Toucher of all time! Special thanks also go to the Jesus-bashing, Hell-bound Hollywood moguls who were just as quick to see higher profits in lower anatomies! [Just saw this opinion on the web. Other grabby items on MSN, Google, etc. include "Separation of Raunch and State," "David Letterman's Hate, Etc.," "Tribulation Index becomes Rapture Index," and "Bible Verses Obama Avoids." – something for everyone!]

  11. We can’t see our downfall because we’re too caught up in ourselves. We are a country that devalues morals and values. We exhalt people that help us perpetuate our sinful behavior. Michael Jackson was a very talented person who, like all of us, has/had issues. We wear our dysfunction and immorality as a badge of honor because we don’t know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom God provided for us. It’s not mankind’s nature to want to see help with our issues. We medicate ourselves with drugs, money, sex, alcohol etc. We care more about satisfying ourselves and what we want. We don’t care about what God wants.
    We don’t care about our soul ending up in hell. We take God for granted because we view Him only as some old White-haired jolly father figure. We refuse to know the other side of God, one who will judge the world including the USA. We create a god to serve our needs, the god of greed, the god of sex, the god of adultrey, the god of homosexuality, the god of pedophila. God doesn’t condone any of these behaviors.

    Who’s rights are greater, God’s or mankind’s?

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