Another Dead Celebrity. So What?

Several days have passed since we found out about the death of yet another celebrity. You all know who I’m talking about. Her name and face are plastered all over Facebook, twitter, newspapers, magazines, and tv stations. The “tragic” death of someone before their time.

It sickens me.

Who was she? She was a singer. Sure, she had a beautiful voice, but so do many other women I know. None of them have ever won a Grammy or set foot on a stage before millions of people. But every Sunday morning, they sing their heart out to the Lord. And it’s more beautiful than any celebrity I’ve ever heard.

She was not a role model for children by any stretch of the imagination. Become famous, get hooked on drugs, and spend your life in and out of rehab while the world watches your every move. I don’t know about you, but I want more for my children.

But her death seems to be all anyone can talk about.

I can’t help but think of people I know that have passed away recently… some far before their time.

Ms. Nancy was one of the sweetest women you could ever meet. Her pizza became an addiction. And you couldn’t walk into her restaurant without spending at least 20 minutes talking to her about the latest happenings. Then, Ms. Nancy got cancer. Her whole world changed – and so did the lives of each of her children. When she passed away, there was no televised funeral, no tweets sent out, no memorials plastered all over Facebook. But the world lost an amazing woman that day.

Ms. Jenny is another example. She had a heart of gold. We watched as cancer slowly ate away at her. Her concern was never for herself, but for those she would leave behind. She was a special woman, and she loved Jesus with all her heart.

Wayne was Ms. Jenny’s son. He was about my age. He had been confined to a wheelchair for years. After losing his mom, the grief was too much to bare, and it wasn’t long before he passed away as well. The two are reunited in heaven now, but there was certainly no media coverage when we lost either of them.

Ms. Liz got up one July morning, went into the bathroom, and collapsed. Moments later, she passed away in her husband’s arms. No explanation, no reason, nothing. Ms. Liz took care of so much at our church. The Christmas plays were always special because she made sure the focus of the Christmas play was on giving people the gospel. She was truly an inspiration, and someone I would want my children to look up to.

And what about the soldiers that die every day defending our country and our freedom? If it happened to be a local soldier, there may be a quick blurb in the newspaper, or a 2 minute segment on the evening news. There aren’t millions of tweets, Facebook status updates, or paparazzi surrounding the families of the fallen.

Wake up, America. With the loss of yet another celebrity, it screams volumes about where our priorities lie. Instead of focusing on those that are truly important – those in the Service, and those sold out for God, we focus on those that don’t really matter. We just want the juicy details: Did she die because of an overdose?

I will have no part in it. You will not see me post a status update anywhere saying that “I will always love you, Whitney.” What did she ever do for me? Not a darn thing. But, I will always love Ms. Nancy, Ms. Jenny, and Ms. Liz. They will forever hold a piece of my heart. They were women of God who put others first. They were gracious, loving, and kind. They were the kind of women that should be admired and put up on a pedestal – although not one of them would allow you to do so. They would rather God get the glory.

That’s the kind of person I want to be.

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    I’m with here. Had some unfortunate conversation about this which was sparked by a repost I made of the military caskets that said Whitney who? The message was not we’ll receved. Rather I was being disrespectful to someone who had given the world such a wonderful gift. I don’t believe there’s much use in arguing with someone that disagrees. It’s just an argument. I did eventually remove it because I don’t like to keep things that have the potential to dissolve a friendship I value. But I’m so glad you did this post because I was vid turned by the event yesterday. It’s nice to get to voice it openly and see that I’m not alone in my opinion of it. The person had said that this is the kind of thing that gives Christians a bad name. Really?

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    Ok. I just read that and auto correct is responsible for the typos!

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    Ashley Hatten says:

    Amen!! I am so sick and tired of hearing about it. Like when Michael Jackson died. You would have thought the world was coming to an end. People that serve our country and die in the line of fire don’t get this much attention. Anyways, you said it better than I ever could but thank you for posting this I’m glad someone feels the same way I do.

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    Loved this article! So very true. These celebrities have never done a single thing for me. I did see a pin on Pinterest that was very disturbing to me though. On the top was a picture of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston and on the bottom was a picture of Justin Bieber and Miley Cryus. By Jackson and Houston it said “Why does God take these?” and by Bieber and Cyrus it said “And not these?” I immediately quit following that pinner as I didn’t think it was very funny. Houston and Jackson were not good role models and they took pills, drank, whatever else, etc. When one participates in these kinds of things, they must realize that death is a possibility. I feel sorry for their children and families but that’s it.
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    Great post, I couldn’t have said it better!

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    I think what saddens my Ang is the that she strayed so far from the Lord. That her daughter will be mother-less. Her grandchildren will have no grandmother and her mother has lost a child. Live is but a vapor and she tossed it away.

    Life is a gift we have been Blessed with and she wasted it. So sad.

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    YES, YES, YES!!! I posted something to this effect on my FB wall yesterday and OMG, the backlash. How dare I ‘batter’ someone who not only changed the face of music, but was a 90s legend and icon, AND was merely a victim of a disease for which there is no help or cure. My head nearly exploded. I had to stop responding. 🙂 (Thankfully, most of the comments were in support of my view, but those that weren’t… whew.)
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    Amen! Hubby and I had this same conversation over the weekend. She by no means changed the world, and she was no one that I would want my daughter to look up to. The world has lost some wonderful people in the past year to truly tragic circumstances. This was not one of them.
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    someone i’d want my daughters to look up to? probably not, but my grief at her passing is great. i grieve that she might have passed not knowing the Lord. I grieve that so many folks are peeved because others grieve for her. I grieve because I know my Lord grieves…for her, for me, for all of humanity.
    Do any of us deserve His grace and love? nope. does He give it anyway? you know he does. does He want any of us to be so small over the loss of even one of His sheep?
    the person in question made MANY lousy choices. so have all of us…so it’s probably wise, today, to remember…but for the Grace of God, go i.

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    Very well said! I feel the same way.
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    Mindy Grant says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post!! I could not agree more!

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    She was a celebrity because the record company and marketing departments and media created her…but to her mother she was a daughter…to her daughter she was a mother…to her siblings she was a sister…to those of us from Newark, NJ; she made us proud.

    To God…Despite being an addict, she was still HIS child.

    I agree, each life has value. But let’s not tear her life down just to make that point.

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    I can Tweet you, but you really need a LIKE button for me to click. (I resisted the urge to call it a love button because then you might question my sanity.)

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    Well said!
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    Funny Thing Happened…

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