Priorities, Even in Mourning

I’m going to displease a few folks today.

I am sad that Michael Jackson died. I wish he had had a chance for a do-over. He surely was filled with talent.

I am sad that Ed McMahon died. I am sad that Farah Fawcett died.

child_malnutrition
Cambodian child sleeps on an empty stomach because his mother, without food herself, has no milk

But I am also aware that in this day alone, 4,500 children will die in our world, most of them because of preventable disease and malnutrition.

I also admit to a generational prejudice, when it comes to Michael. There is only one King (other than Jesus) and for me that is Elvis.

My daughters undoubtedly feel otherwise. They grew up with Michael. I do remember being pleased at how much they enjoyed him. Anything that made my “girls” happy made me happy.

So, I am sad.

But I am concerned about a world that goes through momentary spasms of grief for celebrities while not ending the slaughter of children.

Maybe my age is showing–becoming an old grump. Or maybe I am just wondering if we have our priorities right?

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

One thought on “Priorities, Even in Mourning”

  1. Hi Robin. I find your posting on this topic very cogent. I am not a fan of Michael Jackson ,the person. I like some of his music. He was the ‘king of pop’… Well, speaking for myself, one aspect of church that I apreciate is the blessed respite from ‘pop’ culture and its empty obsession with celebrity and consumerism. One of the first things I said to myself when I heard the news of Michael’s death was, ” I hope we don’t say a prayer for him in church.” Aside from his being a pop icon, and even aside from his perhaps being a child abuser, he was just a person like everybody else. (And a child of God, just like everyone else). If his death and friends’ and family’s coping with his death is something we are going to pray about, then I suggest that EVERY week we pray about every other umpteen thousands of people who die every day…as well as the 4,500 childrren who die of starvation that you mention. Thank you for addressing the topic on your blog. Peace. Brad

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