I’m sure everyone knows by now that “Prince” passed away yesterday, and I am reminded of the Lord’s words: “For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!” Ezekiel 18:32
But I’m taken back by how many Christians are saying “R.I.P. Prince”- as the LORD has said, “they have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace” Jeremiah 6:14– there is no “peace” for “Prince” now; such a saying is extraordinarily superficial and deceptive.
I believe we are saying this to ourselves because we do not want to deal with the reality that an incredibly talented, influential, and famous man has now breathed his last breath from God, without ever having repented, and has now found his way to the same place that the nameless, homeless, man who died on the streets somewhere in this nation without any notice has found his way to; they have both entered as equals into Death.
The terrifying reality that we are trying to avoid is that there is no advantage because of our accomplishments in this world between “us” and the “nameless, homeless, poor” when we enter death. For “everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands” (Ecclesiastes 5:15).
We want to look at these incredibly talented, wealthy, successful, and influential people like “Prince” and believe that all their work and toil means something- but Prince has now come face to face with the reality that everything that he left behind is meaningless to him, indeed, even his legacy of sexually perverse music is now a weight about his neck in judgment.
I know that what I am writing means that I will be criticized and harshly misjudged, but I waited to write this post in order that I might be “slow to speak” and test my own heart on the matter- there is no malice in my heart towards Prince, nor joy over his passing. Rather, there is zeal in my heart for the living! To urge you by every means possible to repent in the true knowledge of God and incredible mercy of Jesus Christ.
The reality is that Prince wasted the breath that he received from God leading an entire generation of youth astray into sexually perverse lifestyles. For this there will be no peace, only judgment.
So why am I writing this now?
Because we need our attention to be drawn to the reality we face in death. We need to think about how we are using the breath that God has given us; did we expend all our breath on efforts that will perish in this world, or, have we used our breath on eternal matters? Surely the unknown Bank Teller who was faithful to God his entire life shall enter into eternity in greater joy and glory than the wicked who achieved greatness in this earth but were not known by the King of kings.