Thursday, June 7, 2018

The GREAT Fame and Emptiness of David Cassidy

David Cassidy of the "Partridge Family" fame and Super-Iconic Pop Star of the early 70's, passed on into ETERNITY last November leaving his fans greatly saddened and nostalgic (Eccl. 12:13-14, Rom. 5:12-21; 6:23, Heb. 9:27). It had been revealed back in November that David had died from dementia-related issues, but yesterday it was revealed that David's true fatal illness and death was alcohol-related. Years of fame and alcohol abuse had finally taken its toll on the Mega Singer's body, and in the end, left him ETERNALLY empty and with organ failure. How horrifically tragic is the life of a Mega Star! Emptiness and loneliness are usually their only companions as they walk this life's wide and short road (Matt. 7:13-14). Alcoholism, sex, fame and drug addiction are usually the vain means to find fulfillment for man's ETERNAL void; but ALWAYS loneliness, unfulfillment and death is the price of fame. Just look at how many Super Stars have been slain by this CONSUMING MONSTER in the last 50 years in our super-technological world. Satan does not give that position of fame in his kingdom without a HORRIFIC ETERNAL price tag attached to it (Mark 8:36-38)! Very, very few end up surviving fame's reckless trip and even fewer come to a saving knowledge of their Creator in Spirit and TRUTH (John 1:12, Acts 17:28-30,  Rom. 10:2-4).

Look at how many have been slain by this CONSUMING MONSTER in the last 50 years in our super-technological world. Satan does not give that position in his kingdom without a HORRIFIC ETERNAL price tag attached to it!

The issue at hand is fame's tragic means to an end without a saving relationship to their ETERNAL Creator in RIGHTEOUSNESS. Without Almighty God as one's ETERNAL Savior, this life and ALL its delights can NEVER fill the ETERNAL void in man; only Almighty God his ETERNAL Creator can! The masquerade Cassidy had put on for years of playing the Super Iconic Star and the image he had to live up to in the end had been his demise. Notice what a man who had it ALL had to say at the end of his existence; "I have a liver disease,” Cassidy explained to A&E producer Saralena Weinfield in a recorded conversation. “There is no sign of me having dementia at this stage of my life. It was complete alcohol poisoning.”Speaking of his alcoholism, Cassidy told the documentary producers, "I did it to myself, to cover up the sadness and the emptiness."
How TRAGIC and empty to the last! O that David turned in repentance and faith to His ETERNAL Creator to find the TRUE ETERNAL FULFILLMENT' which a son of Adam can ONLY find through Jesus Christ (Matt. 11:28-30, John 10:10, Rom. 5:12-21, Gal. 5:22, Phil. 4:7). As far as I can see in my research of David, David had ZERO desire to be saved from his sins and in repentance turn to Jesus Christ for ETERNAL salvation (Matt. 11:28-30, John 3:16-17). Many will not like that REALITY, but dear friends this is the ETERNAL TRUTH! It is even a very sobering question to ask one's self, "Am I saved and delivered from my sins?"

The Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes is the tragic biography of Adam’s fallen race (i.e., humanity) told by the wisest of all men, King Solomon. King Solomon possessed it all: wisdom, brilliance, discernment, authority, prestige, riches/ wealth, property/ possessions, power, fame, women and glory. Amazingly, as he was reflecting on his life in his last days, he made this very sobering and tragic statement: “Vanity of vanities…all is vanity” (Eccl. 1:1-15, 12:7-8).

In possessing all of this stature and achievement, it never satisfied the ETERNAL void of his heart. All of it did not - and could not - yield peace and contentment. In the end, all of Solomon's great achievements and pomp could never deliver him in the hour of his death. To Solomon, all indeed was truly dust in the wind...

Dust in the Wind, the title of a song released by the group Kansas in the late 1970’s, is a melancholy piece regarding the terrible uncertainties and brevity of earthly existence. There is no certainty, no hope, no expectation, no solution and no deliverance. The song is painted with pessimistic colors and presents a bleak and tragic picture with absolute abandonment and no salvation to be found. All we are is dust in the wind….

"All we are is dust in the wind..."

What the majority of humanity (and the song) greatly misses is that without Almighty God, our Creator and Sustainer and His righteousness, all is indeed an absolute tragedy, vanity and dust in the wind (Psalm 39:5). My friend, that was never God’s plan and purpose for His creation (Rom. 5:12-21). It is Almighty God’s sincerest desire that all would come to the saving knowledge of His Son Jesus Christ and have ETERNAL LIFE. The Bible states:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:16-17)

"Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die…?" (Ezekiel 33:11)

"For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost" (Matt 18:11)

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matt 11:28-30)

Jesus said, "The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10)

Your existence here in time does not have to end in vanity. Almighty God has a great future plan and purpose for your life.

But as it is written, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him"(1 Cor. 2:9)

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live" (John 11:25)

"And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 22:5)

Without Almighty God’s remedy for our sinful condition which is found only in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ, indeed all is truly vanity and dust in the wind.
"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? " (Matt 16:26)

"Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah" (Psalm 39:5).

"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Rev 20:11-15)

In the end, Solomon fully comprehended that Almighty God was absolutely essential for the existence of man. To know Him is life  ETERNAL with great expectation and purpose!

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for thisis the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil" (Eccl. 12:13,14)

Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior? To know Him is to have  ETERNAL LIFE and possess  ETERNAL HOPE. May it be your sincere desire to know the One that made it all possible for you to have all of God’s highest and best for your life - both here in time and also for ETERNITY.

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!