Today was a sad day for me because they buried Whitney Houston. I watched her funeral. You see, I’ve always admired her acting and singing, and was a fan of many of the songs she sang so well.
Her death has brought her into the public view to the point that I’ve now learned many things about Whitney that I didn’t know before. I don’t think I ever realized until she died how much Whitney loved God. Whitney Houston was a very religious person.
Despite her struggles with the carnality of the world and the flesh, Whitney always believed in and loved the Lord deeply. I admire this in her greatly.
I also think it’s interesting that a superstar performer like Whitney Houston, who had it all financially, still struggled personally with so many things that regular people struggle with daily. What saddens me even more than Whitney passing, though, are the rumors I heard about the “Christian” group known as the Westboro Baptist Church. Apparently, they threatened to picket Whitney Houston’s funeral and stir up a lot of nonsense related to a parody of her song, “I will always love you.” They were attempting to change the words of the song to “God will always hate you.”
These “Christian individuals” have no idea how much they are hurting the cause for Christ. I’m really very sad for them that they are so ignorant and deceived in their apparent self-righteousness. These truly are the vultures and vipers which Jesus railed at in His day; they are the Pharisees of the twenty-first century. Would Jesus approve of their tactics? Does God approve? No way…not in my opinion.
God blesses the humble and the peacemakers. God doesn’t bless people who scream like wicked banshee’s in their judgmental perfection about the sins of others, to make themselves look like saints. God sees beyond this pretense directly into the heart. No one can lie about his or her own heart. God sees it all. He sees all the puffery, deceit, greed, treacherous jealousy, envy, and every dark thing within the nature of humanity.
Followers of Jesus Christ don’t exhibit their holiness by putting down their brothers and sisters in Christ; they flaunt their insecurities and weaknesses within their relationship with Him when they behave this way. We can only pray that the Westboro bunch are able to find even a measure of the grace that Whitney had in her relationship with our Lord Jesus.
Regardless of these silly fools, I know Whitney is being held safe and close within the arms of God today. And as was said at her televised funeral, “her death and funeral brought the world to church today,” thanks to her gracious mother and family. The whole world was able to hear a wonderful message about prioritizing God in our lives while we all mourned the passing of our sister in Christ Jesus.
It was a good message shared at her funeral, an important message, and one I’m sure Whitney would want everyone to hear now that she’s with our Father in Heaven. May God bless and keep her, and help those of us who are not perfect, like her, who still struggle, who dearly love God with all of our hearts and souls. God’s grace is here for us as it was and still is for her, as is His mercy, and His ever-loving forgiveness. We are ALL “good enough,” in God’s eyes, thanks to His Son, Jesus Christ.
- Westboro Baptist Church on Whitney Houston: ‘God gave her a voice, she used it to teach sin’ (thegrio.com)
- Whitney Houston’s Funeral To Be Picketed By Westboro Baptist Church (huffingtonpost.com)
- Whitney Houston Took Us All to Church Today (garyrevel.wordpress.com)
- Watch Kevin Costner’s Whitney Houston Funeral Tribute – Video (justjared.buzznet.com)
- Whitney Houston’s Life Celebrated (madnewsuk.com)
- Yes Jesus loves me… the death of Whitney Houston (mikegprint.wordpress.com)
- Whitney Houston’s Legacy (angelknightatlanta.wordpress.com)
- Westboro Baptist Church at it again(Accordingtojan.com)