It seems that everyone with a Blog is commenting on the unexpected death of Michael Jackson. It has been a huge news story, ever since the TV news channels ran uninterrupted coverage from the LA hospital on Thursday evening. For those who are slightly older than me, they will remember the death of Elvis Presley. For my generation, it’s going to be the death of Michael Jackson.
I was listening to Uri Geller being interviewed on the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4 yesterday morning. He was recalling memories of his friend, Michael Jackson. He remembered one conversation when he asked Michael Jackson if he was lonely. Apparantly, Jackson replied, “Uri, I am a very lonely man”. This reminded me of Freddie Mercury’s comments on loneliness. He was the lead singer of Queen, and before he died in 1991, he said this,
“You can have everything in the world and still be the loneliest man, and that is the most bitter type of loneliness. Success has brought me world idolisation and millions of pounds, but it’s prevented me from having the one thing we all need – a loving, ongoing relationship.”
These two men both had world idolisation. They were both incredibly famous and incredibly talented, but both were lonely individuals. As Christians, we may not have millions of pounds and world fame, but we do have that security of a “loving, ongoing relationship” with Jesus Christ. Let’s ensure we’re doing our best to share it with others too.