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Yes Jesus loves me… the death of Whitney Houston

February 13, 2012

Now I don’t know if Whitney was a Christian or not, she certainly had her struggles in life, but in the end it is faith that justifies, even if her actions seemed to show little fruit. However, the words from this song are amazingly true and whether or not Whitney had accepted Christ, He certainly loved her and longed for her to turn to Him.

Death has a way of bringing things into sharp focus doesn’t it and as we reflect upon Whitney’s death, the real question is NOT whether she was a Christian, but whether we are? IF Whitney was a Christian then her death points to the fact that though we struggle often in life, God does not look at our ‘report card’ and decide if we were good enough BUT rather He instead looks to see if we loved Him in Christ. IF Whitney wasn’t a Christian then her death is a wake up call which reminds us all that you can have the whole world and yet forfeit your soul. Whichever was the case with Whitney, those of us who are left need to take the opportunity to look at ourselves and make our response to Jesus before it is too late

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. – Jesus

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  1. February 13, 2012 8:14 pm

    A wake-up call, indeed! So beautifully expressed here, Mike. Hope those in need take heed!
    Blessings!

    • February 14, 2012 11:32 am

      Thanks Martha… glad you liked and loved the little rhyming thing you dd there 🙂

  2. tumultuousjourney permalink
    February 13, 2012 8:56 pm

    That is something we should do with every death. Most do I believe, reflect on their own lives at the passing of anothers. ❤

    • February 14, 2012 11:32 am

      Thanks for stopping by… lets pray that such reflection leads to new lives in Christ 🙂

  3. February 14, 2012 9:01 am

    If he was her personal saviour, I believe she would have found meaning to her existence. She did not find people on whom she could place her trust and love (unconditionally).

    Joy always,
    Susan

  4. February 14, 2012 10:41 am

    Sadly Whitney who had it all, lost her way ….One can blame Bobby for introducing her to drugs, but finally it was her choice. I think somewhere along the way she forgot what she was capable of and what she was meant to be… The scary thing is that it can happen to any of us, if we don’t keep our feet on solid ground and reach out to ask for help from God, from family and community. There but for grace go any of us….

    • February 14, 2012 11:34 am

      Totally agree… we are no better and must guard our selves from falling away!

  5. February 14, 2012 11:05 am

    We are all prone to fall and stumble and lose our way. I believe God’s arms are big and loving enough to catch us all.
    ~blessings

    • February 14, 2012 11:36 am

      God is certaintly willing Jessica… but as the Scripture I quoted says not all people are willing and unfortunately are condemned for that choice. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. February 14, 2012 2:00 pm

    Well written and true. I too wonder about her eternal destiny. They key for everyone is to be ready and once ready, point others to Christ.

    • February 15, 2012 12:06 pm

      Thanks Bryan… they key is for us to be ready, so true!

  7. February 15, 2012 11:53 am

    Whitney Houston was from my hometown. She grew up very much steeped in the Baptist church singing in the choir. Her mother, Cissy Houston, is a famed gospel singer. As one who followed her career, I’ve heard her time and time again profess her religious belief as a Christian. Not too many singers would tackle the song, Yes, Jesus loves me unless they considered themselves to be Christian. Even Christians lose their footing. Then again, I would never presume to really know someone’s heart, nor would I second-guess God. If you are really concerned about Whitney’s soul, then pray for her and hope that it counts as a good deed for your own soul.

    • February 15, 2012 12:07 pm

      Thanks for your stopping by Adriene, you’re right in that no-one can second guess God. I am afraid the time for praying for Whitney though is gone, prayers now would do nothing to help her. If she trusted Christ then she is with Him now, if not then prayers won’t help.

  8. February 15, 2012 10:12 pm

    Why should we pray any less or more for Whitney now????????I believe those prayers are still heard in heaven…..anyone (and I did not personally know her) that followed her career…watched her perform etc… knew she was a Christian….. you never saw her in any performance…with out her ..thanking her mommy and daddy… and her lord and savoir jesus Christ …..every single time without missing a beat…she thanked her lord and savoir for without him she was nothing…..I knew I would start getting angry as I wrote this……One should know at least some of the facts before writing about any person…or even their faith…RIP Whitney…the prayers still matter…..As always…XOXOXOXOXO

    • February 16, 2012 10:20 pm

      Thanks Bongo, as I said I don’t know but from what you say it sounds like she was. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  9. February 16, 2012 3:19 am

    Although only the Lord himself knows the true position of her heart, I had heard that she was a believer. Though she didn’t make the wisest of decisions for her life, it certainly is a wake up call to us as believers to live a life worthy of the call!!!!

    • February 16, 2012 10:19 pm

      Thanks Lisa, helpful comments! As I said I don’t know if she was or not BUT I certainly hope so 🙂

  10. February 16, 2012 4:50 am

    Mike—

    You don’t Appear to KNOW Whitney Houston—AT ALL!!!!!!!

    Which makes me wonder who gave you the AUTHORITY to write this article!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YOU DID NOT DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!!!!!!!!!

    Of Course, Whitney Houston was a Christian!!!!

    —She just recently got Bapitzed or re-baptized.

    And As previous individuals have posted–She NEVER LEFT A SHOW WITHOUT THANKING HER MOM and DAD and HER LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!!

    In fact, the VERY LAST SONG SHE SANG IN HER LIFE—Was “YES, JESUS LOVES ME,
    THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO!!!!!!!!!!”

    Yes, Whitney had struggles —just like ALL of us do!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, she was HUMAN—JUST LIKE ALL OF US ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But, HOW DARE SO MANY OF YOU OUT THERE CONDEMN HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SHE SHOWED HER CHRISTIANITY MORE THAN MOST—-AND GOD FORGIVES!!!!!!!!

    I KNOW THAT SHE IS SINGING WITH THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN RIGHT NOW.

    HOW DARE ANY OF YOU BE THE JUDGE OF HER—ESPECIALLY THOSE OF YOU WHO
    DON”T KNOW THE BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT SHE HAD AND THE WONDERFUL KIND, LOVING AND CHRISTIAN PERSON SHE WAS!!!!!!

    GOD KNEW HER HEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND HE KNOWS WHERE SHE IS!!!!!!!!

    CERTAINLY NOT YOU—AND HOW DARE YOU PRESUME TO JUDGE HER OR ANYONE ELSE!!!!!!

    • February 16, 2012 7:33 am

      Deborah, thanks for stopping by and sorry if the post upset you. You’ll notice i put ‘I don’t know if Whitney was a Christian or not’… so I wasn’t judging her at all! The point of the post is not to criticise Whitney but to cause others to ask whether they know what will happen when they die. If, as you say, she was a Christian then she would want others to choose Jesus as well and I’m sure she would want to warn those who have ignored Him.

  11. February 16, 2012 1:34 pm

    Hmm…I do not really wish to comment on any Whitney Houston post.

    What do we really know about her apart from what we read in the news? I think it’s more appropriate of we leave this person in peace and start living our own lives…

    • Mavis permalink
      February 16, 2012 2:18 pm

      Mike thank you for the article, it was indeed well written and appeared to me to be without prejudice.

      The persons who wrote as if there was judgment in your article, need to read it first. We all are reading what the press writes. I do not claim to know her personally and would never claim to but death is cause for the living to reflect on his/her life and that is what the article suggested.

      Our prayers should be for the living and not the dead as he/she cannot benefit from them.

      • February 16, 2012 10:18 pm

        Thanks Mavis, very helpful comments! Thanks for the support!

  12. February 16, 2012 10:59 pm

    Anyone who truly followed Whitney Houston’s career would know that she was a Christian. She got her start singing gospel music in the church. Her mother Cissy, who was a successful gospel singer and her father instilled Christian values into her and it showed in how she sang from her soul. Yes, she had some great challenges with substance abuse, but God has already forgiven her.

    It troubles my heart to hear so many people now disparage her in death now that the battle is over. She brought a lot of criticism on herself with her actions, but her soul is gone now so to continuously question whether she was a Christian or not seems a bit judgmental. I’m also confused about how her actions “seemed to show little fruit.” All we were privy to as fans or outsiders were the sensational moments of her life. We weren’t there when she rocked her baby to sleep or helped take care of her other step children. Nor were we there when she did other good deeds out of the public eye. Nor do we know who gave her her first drink or taste of drugs. To blame her ex-husband is also wrong. A lot of what’s reported in the media is half-true, half-speculation and part lies.

    Jesus reached his hand out to beggars, prostitutes and thugs so I would imagine that he has his arms around Whitney as well. Sometimes it’s best to remember the good that people do and let God worry about the rest as we will have to account for our own lives when the time comes.

    • February 17, 2012 7:12 am

      Thanks for stopping by Tameka and for your thoughts 🙂

  13. joe permalink
    February 18, 2012 2:25 pm

    I have a feeling that most people have not seen the point of the article. It isn’t about Whitney huston, its about what do you think happens when we die? And how ultimately your beliefs influence the way you live your life.

    • February 18, 2012 2:28 pm

      Thanks Joe, you’re completely right, that is what the post is about. I thought that was quite clear… perhaps though I could’ve clearer!

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