Whitney Houston died yesterday. Like many, I am saddened by her passing, as her music was part of the anthem of my early adulthood. Whitney had vocal power and range that belied her petite frame, catapulting her into legendary status early in her career. While barely out of her teens, she was spoken of in the same context as luminaries such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and Diana Ross.
Now, she has had some ups and downs. Life problems. I will not recount them here; check out the tabloids for that. In the aftermath of her passing, there will be plenty of fingers of blame pointed in many directions. Rumor-mongers will be at full-throttle and in high-gear, churning out a range of product from idle speculation to damnable lies.
And the sad part about this is that many of these are so-called “Christians.”
I’m wondering how all the folks who wish to trash Whitney Houston would stand up to the scrutiny – in life AND death – that she’s had to and still maintain a modicum of dignity. As some folks spew their speculative negativity with virtual stones in your hands, Jesus is writing in the sands of time just as he did in John 8:6-8. And just like those folks scattered at the revelation of their own sin, so shall the folks that raise their voices, as they were, at Whitney Houston.
Whatever you THINK (because none of us KNOW) what happened to Whitney (or Zachery Tims or Michael Jackson, for that matter), you need to examine YOUR OWN life. This speculation and heresay is the fruit of a sin-conscious life and is proof that one hasn’t awakened to righteousness (1 Corinthians 15:34). If your soul is still operating in sin-consciousness, you will live your life either pointing out the sin in others or, even worse, using the sins of others as the yardstick for justifying why your life isn’t so bad.
I think that, instead of trying to assess the post-mortem of Whitney’s life, a little introspection is in order. Not to examine our own sin, but to understand why, as Christians, we haven’t grasped righteousness-consciousness (click here for supporting article). Only then will we get the idle-mindedness that leads to trading in rumors exchanged for mind of Christ. Understand this, rumor and speculation are not the hallmarks of Kingdom Citizenship.