On Thursday, the world was rocked with the news that Prince Rogers Nelson, known simply as Prince, was dead at the age of 57. He was found unconscious and alone in his mansion in Minnesota.
For the past couple of days, all anyone heard on the news was how wonderful Prince was. He was lauded for his talent. He was praised for his talent. He was virtually deified by the media and other celebrities. After the first day, I for one, was sick and tired of hearing everyone worship the dead rock star.
Besides the worship of Prince, most of the questions bouncing around the media centered on why he died. Was he sick? What was really wrong when his private plane made an emergency landing earlier in the week? Was Prince using drugs and died alone like Michael Jackson, another deified dead rock star?
As it turns out, authorities believe Prince died of a drug overdose, but that has not been confirmed yet as autopsy results won’t be available until sometime this week.
As in the case of Michael Jackson and other celebrities that die suddenly, the one question and topic that the media and most others avoid is whether or not Prince was a Christian. No one has asked or stated whether Prince Roger Nelson had a personal relationship with Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
Prince may have accomplished a lot in his life, but all of that is just dust compared to where Prince is now. Is he spending his eternity in heaven in the presence of Jesus and God, or is he spending eternity tormenting in hell and separated from God forever?
Compared to eternity, everything we do here on earth is nothing. Consider Isaiah 40:6-8 which states:
“A voice says, ‘Cry!’
And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.”
A person can be the greatest performer of all time and still be lost.
A person can cure millions of cancer and yet spend eternity in hell.
A person can live a seemingly great life doing good for others but when he stands before God, none of that will matter.
Consider John 14:6 which states:
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
The question everyone should be asking is whether or not Prince was a born again Christian. The second question everyone should be asking is whether or not they are a born again Christian. Ask yourself this: when you die and find yourself standing before God and He asks you why should He let you into heaven, what will you say? Remember, good works won’t gain you entrance into heaven. Only a believing faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the key to entering heaven. Anything else will only land you in the eternal torment of hell.
If Prince wasn’t a Christian, it’s too late now. If you’re not a Christian, it’s not too late. You never know when your time here on earth will end: accident, victim of a crime, sudden heart attack or stroke, choke to death, etc., it can happen anytime, anywhere. Are you ready for eternity? I pray that you are.