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|An Open Letter To Michael Jackson||
You may never read this, but I want it made known that there are many of us in the faith community who pray for you, and have for many years. My friend, Andre Crouch, who worked with you many years ago, expressed interest in arranging an introduction between the two of us, but that never transpired.
At the time, you were at the height of your career, so I had hoped that a meeting would happen because God has always placed on my heart a deep concern for all people who experience what the world defines as success. So often, individuals gain what the world offers, yet come up empty inside. I saw you were uniquely talented as an entertainer and I began to hear references on your part to disappointment in your childhood. This, I understand. With an alcoholic father who was either abusive or absent, I was moved between foster homes much of the time. At one point, held a loaded gun on him after he had choked my mother and threatened to kill me. But for the grace of God, I would have pulled the trigger and ended my father's life.
I understand the lifelong effects of a traumatic childhood.
As the whole world watched your recent trial, with the horrific accusations and descriptions of questionable behavior, I sensed a great amount of pain and confusion on your part. I don't know the exact nature of the struggles that you face or the temptations that you battle, but I do know that God has the power to free you from all areas of bondage or inner pain.
I know that some people believe that certain tendencies or struggles cannot be overcome. They blame human nature, childhood or other circumstances. But I believe that Jesus Christ really is the answer to every situation. It is likely that the church or religious people may have hurt you in the past. We have all been disappointed by Christians and, as Christians, we have probably disappointed some people. (May God forgive us for our inconsistencies!)
I do not fully understand your actions, nor do I truly know your heart. Certainly, there are some unwise decisions to which you have admitted. Either you have not had a good council among your peers, or you have foolishly chosen not to listen.
I hope and pray that you will find some people you trust and allow them to be your advisers. When one has been as successful as you have, it is very difficult to know everyone's secret agenda. I can promise you this: someone who is totally in love with Jesus Christ genuinely has the capacity to love you unconditionally. He or she will also have the courage to confront and correct you, as well as encourage you, when you need it. Please seek out such counsel. Please allow God to grant you both grace and insight as you seek to rebuild a tarnished life. You still have the talent, but you need what we all need -- a new beginning.
Jesus refers to this spiritual experience as a "new birth" and he told the most religious person he ever faced that unless he was "born again," he would not enter the kingdom of heaven. This man was named Nicodemus and his story is in the gospel of John, chapter 3. This experience is very real and I thank God that I was transformed by it. I am not perfect, but I follow the perfect One. Thank God for His mercy, His grace, His patience and His abiding love. It is available to you, if you will receive it.
Michael, God has given caring people real love for you. There are some who do not want to use you. I am one like that. My prayers are with you. Should we ever meet, I will care about you as a person, not a pop star, and I will share that Jesus is the answer to every issue of life. God bless you.