Monday, June 29, 2009

Catholic Catechism: Reflecting on the Trinity and Idolizing Michael Jackson

Has the world gone mad? All this hoopla over Michael Jackson’s death, the guy was not a god! He was a singer and dancer, and he had a whole lot of problems, okay! Was he good at his craft? Yes, without a doubt. So why didn’t he respond to the call of sanctity? He had the power to bring people together and change the world. Yet he chose to use that power destructively, and ended up becoming idolized in the process.

“The whole history of salvation is identical with the history of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, reveals himself to men “and reconciles and unites with himself those who turn away from sin.” (CCC part one, paragraph 2, pg. 70) Michael Jackson was irresponsible with his gifts and talents, bestowed on him from God. He had the means to help untold numbers of people give glory to God, and instead he lived as though glory was his due, not God’s.

The fact that we can even equate some of Michael Jackson’s idiosyncrasies with true greatness is bothersome. He boasted of his sinfulness, broadcasting his many indulgences, taking advantage of those willing to help him, subjecting his kids to an unprecedented living style, brandishing his fame to cast out the children's mothers. This was no god, folks. Nor was he a role model for those who love the one true God. He was a mixed up human being, who needs our prayers even in death.

Michael could sing and dance. Another person is the ultimate gardener. Still another has won the Nobel Peace Prize. Military men defend the oppressed, and preserve freedom throughout the world. Nurses offer compassion to those who suffer. Children sing to make their mother well on “America’s Got Talent.” Yes, there are all sorts of people who deserve recognition for their talents. But God alone is Great, united as one in the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!