Once more, the star who has everything, senses that "One thing thou lackest,"
and looks for it in the wrong places. Whitney Houston, who many called "The Voice," took the path of drinking and
drugs to her downfall.
I can only imagine the life that a star lives, but my
thinking is that although sensing that something is missing, when a fan gets to meet that idol, the greeting is not "let's
pray." Rather, I suspect it's more likely to be, "Let me buy you a drink." And in the star's world
of singing into the wee hours of the morning, then trying to relax and sleep through the day, pills come next. Pills to get
to sleep, then pills to get awake. And too often, this leads down the same path of Elvis, and Mama Cass, and Judy Garland
and Marilyn and many more who suffered untimely deaths.
I find myself wondering
whether there ever will be another person like Aimee McPherson, a minister of the 30's, who was able to get among those
stars, to talk to them about Jesus Christ. I've mentioned her to you at other times, and although she had her faults,
she at least was able to tell them who that still, small voice was, that was missing from their star-spangled lives.
But here's the "rest of the story." It's not just the big stars that hear that voice in
their sub-conscious, and won't listen. It happens at the tavern at two a.m., and in the work-a-day of each of us, who'll
never hear the roar of the crowd. Each person, good and bad, will hear that call at least once is his or her lifetime. And
I beg you to listen, because it may not come again. When something tells you that you should give your life to christ, don't
smother with what might be your last chance. Think about it.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.