Many things come to mind as we celebrate the life of Michael Jackson. He was “The Greatest Entertainer of all Time”, a father, son, brother and friend to many. Most of all, he was a “Child of God.” Many religious folks would undoubtedly argue that he wasn’t. However, the Bible states: “For God so loved the world that he gave he only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Michael believed whole heartedly in God. Some would put him down and say that he had issues; however, we all have issues. We are all looking for or have looked for God in all the wrong places just wanting to be loved.  Contrary to what many people believe, Michael Jackson had a strong spiritual foundation.

While growing up, Michael Jackson was brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness along with the rest of his family. He and his family would take part in missionary work every Saturday going door to door passing out Watchtower magazines and attending church on Sundays. This was not only done on Saturdays and Sundays, this was a lifestyle for the Jacksons. In an article Jackson wrote in 2000, he revealed that he was most happy during these times. He felt the most free. He stated, “Church was a treat in its own right, a time for me to be normal.” This was a time that he could be that 8 or 9 year-old little boy, a normal boy. Up until 1991 Michael would dress up in a “fat suit” and go to the mall and go door to door and hand out Watchtower magazines. He enjoyed spreading the message of freedom. He believed that all people were children of God. When Michael became a father, the awesomeness of God became more clear to him. At times, he would stare at his children and see God through their innocence.

Truly Michael was a child of God. He blessed those that cursed him and prayed for those that despitefully used him. One way that Michael showed his love for God and humanity was through his charitable giving. Michael was one of the greatest philanthropists of our time, making it into the Guiness World Book of Records for the most charitable contributions from a celebrity in 2000.  But Jackson did not wait until he became rich to start giving. When he was a little boy, he would buy candy and distribute it to the less fortunate kids in his neighborhood. He would later go on to donate millions of dollars to many charities, organizations, and individuals. He cared about people from all different ethnic groups. Michael had a heart for all people not just his people. He exemplified his love in songs; in particular “We are the World.” Being in the spotlight could not have been easy when all he wanted was to be free, free like that 9 year-old -boy handing out Watchtower magazines.

I will never forget how much sympathy I felt for his children during his memorial service. You never know how God can use children to teach adults lessons on life and His love. Jackson’s daughter Paris taught us all something that day when she gave an impromptu speech from the stage surrounded by the Jackson family, “I just want to say ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you can ever imagine,” she said through tears. “And I just want to say I love him so much.” After a lifetime of searching for love that eluded him, it seemed Jackson had finally found true love in his children.

Today, he is celebrated for his humbleness, love towards mankind and the earth, but most of all because he was a “Child of God.”

Why do you think Michael Jackson felt such a strong urge to give back to the world?

Elaine Broaster-White is the mother of two wonderful, intelligent children and the wife of the most perfect husband, whose absolutely perfect for her. But most importantly she is a child of the King, the most High God, Jesus Christ.

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  1. Quiana on June 25, 2010 at 11:39 am

    This was great, Elaine. I agree with you. MJ was definitely a child of God, as we all are. I saw him as being remarkably humble for having been a man of such great fortune and fame. I believe this is why he gave so freely and felt so indebted to the world. He saw himself (and rightly so) as just another human being, living, breathing, using the earth’s resources and creating, just like any average or even poor person. He truly loved his neighbor as himself . . . and it showed.

  2. Elaine on June 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I agree 110 percent Quaina.

  3. Mikenda on June 26, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Once again a great article, I think Michael gave so freely because he wanted the world to get what he felt he was lacking. MJ giving was an expression of love, he held true to the word that is better to give than recieve. My grandmother always told me you could tell a Godly man by his fruit, well MJ was very fruitful and he shared it with the world. Thank you for sharing this story.

  4. Karen Wilson via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    It is not about religious but about being spiritual and yes a person can sing secular music and b Christian that was his vocation.

  5. Amy Gregg via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Yes they can its all bout yo heart and soul

  6. via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I always wondered how artists reconciled that. I mean they came from the church, but they go secular and then come back to their roots.

  7. Veronica Imblessedandhighlyfavored Crawley via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm


  8. JoAnn Pina via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    The Almighty gave us all talents to use and touch others good bad or otherwise MJ took his talents to the utmost the way the Almighty is Concerned. So MJ’S JOB IS DONE HERE On Earth RIP MJ. Just saying. Lol

  9. Yolanda Berry via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Yes. He used his gift to bless others and he gave to help others. Through his music and dance was his ministry. You dont have to be a gospel singer to let God’s lite shine however you cant sing this songs that defile God or people. It must uplift the spirit and human consciousness not degrade or teardown.

  10. Gene Steele via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I was raised in that same religion but left at the age of 15. I remain spiritual but I would never return to religion! Only Our Father God!

  11. Abel Lewis via Facebook on June 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I don’t like the Jehovah Witness religion. I was raised as a Christian. And I’m glad I am a Christian. And yes you can.

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