Michael Jackson and Steve McNair   Leave a comment

I want to be sensitive to all those who are mourning the losses of Michael Jackson and Steve McNair. But I also have a few comments on their lives and their passing.

Michael Jackson is and always will be the King of Pop. He was a great singer, dancer and entertainer. He’s had a tremendous impact on the music of many of today’s most popular artists, such as Usher, Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake. I still have Michael Jackson songs that I listen to with fondness in remembrance of the talent of that man, including “Smooth Criminal,” “Thriller,” and “You Are Not Alone.”

Steve McNair was a pioneer for black athletes. Although not the first black quarterback, he was one of the firsts. He possessed a great arm that won him an MVP award in 2003, 3 Pro-Bowl selections, and he was just two yards shy of winning the Super Bowl against the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Both Jackson and McNair passed these past couple of weeks–and their deaths were tragic. Jackson died of a heart attack at the age of 50 amidst rumors of the cause potentially being anorexia or drugs. NcNair died from multiple gunshots to the head while with his girlfriend. And I think it is appropriate to grieve the losses of these two figures. However, we must also look to their examples and learn from their mistakes.

Jackson  lived a tortured adulthood amidst rumors of, and lawsuits regarding, pedophilia. McNair, who was found dead next to his girlfriend, was engaged in an extra-marital affair with her and planned on divorcing his wife. Many men have fallen far because of they gave in wholeheartedly to their sexual lusts. In keeping with the recent anniversary of our nation’s birth, there has been the adulterous scandal of former president, Bill Clinton, and his mistress, Monica Lewinsky. The most recent example of someone sexual deviancy being found out is the case of South Carolina’s governor, Mark Sanford. In between, there has been Louisiana representative Bob Livingston’s extramarital affair, Louisiana senator David Vitter’s solicitation of prostitutes, Newt Gingrich’s marriage to his mistress who was another man’s wife, and Idaho representative Larry Craig was arrested for soliciting sex in an airport bathroom. (I apologize if I didn’t get all my information correct, as I did get it from The Colbert Report.)

All in all, many men have succumbed to sexual deviations and lusts, and they have paid for it in this life and will ultimately give an account to God. The wisest man in the history of humanity, King Solomon, also plunged into the depths of his lustful desires; he had 700 wives and 300 concubines. And he came out of it reporting what all men were expecting… It’s the greatest sexual gratification ever! A different woman every day of the year for three years! I have never been more sexually fulfilled in all my life! Whoop-do-dee, more sex for me! (I hope you can catch the sarcasm.)

This is not what Solomon reported. In fact, in a collection of writings intended for his son, he repeatedly warns his son to keep sexually pure. He says, “The lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.” (Proverbs 5:3-4). For those of you who aren’t convinced of the sin of sexual promiscuity or the sin of an “innocent look” or “just a thought,” consider the lives of Jackson and McNair. I don’t think Jackson just decided one day to just get frisky with children to see how it is. No, it doesn’t happen that way because sin doesn’t happen that way. Rather, Jackson was mulling it over in his mind, fantacising about it, and indulging in wrong thoughts. And I think that sexual deviancy contributed greatly to much of his mental problems in his adult life. On the other hand, there is McNair, who didn’t seem to have any evident mental conditions. He just “fell in love” with another woman. Yet, his sin started, not with his planned divorce or with his extra-marital affair, but with his entertaining thoughts that led his heart away from his wife. The same goes for Sanford.

And Solomon warns his son, and he warns us, of the consequences of falling into sexual sin: “Her feet go down to death” (Proverbs 5:5). Jackson died, in part, due to mental problems. McNair was shot down as a consequence of his relationship with his girlfriend. Sanford’s political career is all but ruined because of his extra-marital affair.

So, men, think upon the consequences of your sin. There is no innocent look or innocent thought. It is all sin that will build upon sin upon sin that leads to rape, adultery and divorce. Clinton’s affair could not have been prevented by keeping him away from Lewinsky. She wasn’t the issue–his heart was the issue. He was set on committing adultery against his wife long before he met Lewinsky. His heart was taking looks here and there, thinking thoughts at night, and pondering situations where he could use his position and power to get sexual gratification from someone not named Mrs. Clinton.

Some who read this (if you’re still reading this) will not need the words of Solomon. What does he know? Our times are different. Our temptations our different. Our lives are different. Not true, but, even still–if you won’t consider the consequences of lust on the lives of Solomon or his father, King David, think about the consequences on the lives of Michael Jackson and Steve McNair. Consider the direction their sins led them and heed the words of Solomon: “Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well… Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress? For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths” (Proverbs 5:15, 20-21). For the unmarried, save your body, your thoughts, and your heart for your wife. For the married, don’t stray from your own cistern–your own well.

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Posted July 6, 2009 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

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