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Michael Jackson Justice: April 7, 2010 – The Wounds we Share

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The Conspiracy against God is about "The Word", and the profaning of His Holy Name within us. Adam fell in the garden, breaking the direct connection to God. Jesus, the "last Adam" was a quickening Spirit, the Word made Flesh, and the only one with whom we can re-establish our relationship with God. Michael's story is still unfolding. He is the one who is, is not. But Jesus is the only name given under heaven by which we must be saved. Many are trying to rewrite HIStory. We were given a help to instruct us. Learn more "here".

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April 7, 2010 – The Wounds we Share




April 7, 2010 – The Wounds we Share

Prejudice is a pervasive and toxic weed in the world today and it exists in all forms and grows in all terrains, climates and hemispheres. There is not a one of us that has not been a victim of prejudice in one form or another.

Despite the laws and the advances in civil rights we have had in this country in it’s relatively short history, I am not only shocked, I am embarrassed to say that prejudice still exists. It thrives in silent understanding under the roof of every town hall, under every church steeple, in every school hallway and throughout our courts and judicial systems. The U.S. is not the only one either. Prejudice is an underground network that infects everything.

There are good forms of prejudice, that keep us from making decisions that could harm us, but it’s the ones against people that I am talking about.

One of the themes in many of Michael Jackson’s songs was prejudice and the damage it does to relationships not only among people, but that separates man from God. Prejudice toward people or groups of people has a basis in judgment. Judgment is a tool used by people to deflect attention from their own character faults. People passing judgment are usually guilty of the very sin they are singling out in another person.

Michael Jackson grew up battling this prejudice from the time he was five years old, in the music industry. Because his mother Katherine also educated her children in their faith, Michael also grew up naturally responding to judgment with grace. Many saw this as either an admission of guilt or a sign of weakness. It was actually Michael’s strength. So then, why did bad things happen to him?

I don’t know the answer to this anymore then I know why bad things would happen to me or anyone else. I know the Bible if full of bad things that happened to good people, Paul, Lot, Moses, David, Solomon, and even Jesus. It’s not always because the person did something wrong, but that’s what most people want to assume.

Judgment was the very reason I made the decision to get involved with trying to help defend and edify Michael Jackson and his name. A simple, hateful and thoughtless comment that appeared on my FaceBook wall, made by a minister who never met Michael, started me on this nine long months ago. Most of you reading this already know this story. I tell it at the beginning of this blog. I only intended to look up references to back up my argument against this minister. The more I learned of what was done to this man the involved I got and the angrier I became.

What initially launched my conviction was simply this: How could a man who is supposed to be teaching about God’s love and the love Christ had for us, call someone he never met and knew nothing about, a “freak of nature” and a “peodophile”? Especially when the man he was tagging with those names was found innocent and was known to have been victim of extortion?

Michael had been dodging these bullets most of his career, which began at the age of five. When he hit his teenage years, he was called “ugly” or told he “had a fat nose”, he endured shocked gasps of disgust from women at airports when they discovered an adolescent Michael with acne. Still, he went on stage and performed and we would never know the pain he was in until much later.

In his early twenties, he suffered an accident while filming a commercial in which most of the hair on the top of his head burned to the scalp . . . A trauma that some argue brought on the Lupis and Vitiligo. Michael endured outbreaks of scaley lesions and the systematic destruction in the pigmentation in his skin. No one ever told him that as a celebrity, he was not entitled to medical privacy as most of us are, and finally had to announce to the world, on an interview with Oprah, that yes, had this disease and no, he was not trying to turn white. Still, he performed and visited children’s hospitals and orphanages and donated record sums of money to improve both.

He bought and built Neverland Ranch and filled it with Rides and a zoo. He brought children in several times a month from different disadvantaged children’s organizations to enjoy what they otherwise may have never seen. He entertained children at the Ranch sometimes inviting them and their families to stay for a weekend or overnight. The media called him eccentric and “weird” and “strange”. He replied simply with a “They don’t know me.” He wrote the song, “Leave me Alone” in reply to all the tabloid rumors and lies spread about him, but he never sued. He thought love was a better way to respond than using a courtroom.

In 1993, an enraged father made accusations about the time Michael spent with his son. Even though Evan Chandler coveted time with Michael and felt close enough to the man to ask him to fund a screenplay for him (to the tune of 20 million), he took Michael’s “no” personally. After several back and forth negotiations between lawyers, Chandler went for the jugular and threatened to file criminal charges using his then estranged son. Michael’s lawyers, Sony and Sony’s lawyers made a deal. Michael was not happy but he thought he would be able to get on with his life. The bullets were beginning to hit.

During subsequent interviews from 1993 through to 2005, Michael's consistent answer to why he insisted on putting himself in harm’s way was, “I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to.” That unfortunately did not get as much air time as his wearing of pajama’s into a court room during the conspiracy trial of the century. The bullets finally hit the bone.

Most of the world outside the walls Michael had to put up, believed Michael lost. They believe that the bad guys won. Those that believe Michael was the bad guy, believe that he got what he deserved.

What is interesting to see, is emails and the private messages back and forth, and the “new” Michael Jackson fans that have, since June 25, 2009, drilled down into this man’s life and learned who he was as a person.

When you understand the childhood he had, you will understand his conviction to help children. When you learn how deeply ingrained in the Bible he was, you will understand why he conducted himself the way he did in the face of adversity. When you learn where he got his description of the word love, (Jesus), you will understand why the rest of the world could not understand him.

Many wonder why Michael didn’t put up more of a fight. Maybe It was because Michael knew there was a bigger purpose for what he was going through. A quote by Carol Kuykendal comes to mind:

“Lord, maybe our sadness is a gift from You, because as we pass through the darkness, we seek to see and know You better . . . And learn to walk alongside others going the same way . . .”

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other . . .” Ecclesiastes 7:14

Michael is not the only one who has ever suffered persecution because of judgment by others. Michael life, as well as his songs, have been laid out for us. It is a study in understanding why human beings do the things to each other that they do. It is a warning as well as a lesson, to walk alongside each other, not into each other.

Think about that before you call someone a slur, or qualify someone against a “group with a bad name” or decide that the first thing you hear about a person is the truth before you even get to know them.

Michael is proof of the very real pain this causes people. He is also an example of how to conduct yourself toward those that inflict that pain.

They Don’t Really Care About Us” if you can find the lyrics and follow along, is about the categorizing and singling out of people by race, religion, cultural and economic backgrounds (Census anyone?).

Man in the Mirror”, Powerful message from a powerful performer. I love this one. At the end they think he’s done, they turn the mic off but he’s still singing, southern-gospel style. I think it was after this performance that his future stage costumes included knee pads. The song with the lyrics is here.

Will You Be There” . . . A prayer. He was going through a tough time when he wrote this song. At the end . . . very touching. Lyrics Seems like the world had a role for him . . . it was different than the one God had for him. Who won? You betcha!

Bring Salvation Back” (“I’ll Be There”) with his brothers in 2002 and lyrics.

The wounds we share with him are deep. We can either continue to let them bleed, unattended, or we can start healing.

Fans before and after June 25, 2009, Believers, Non Believers, regardless of what you feel, stand up for what is right and do not support and feed the greed that killed him.

No more labels, no more judging of others, no more fighting, arguing, and enslaving each other to stereotypes. It was love that created us, it will be love that will set us free.

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