Some people grew up watching television and listening to music and have great memories of it with their friends and families. Then, there are some people who grew up watching television and listening to music and the television and music actually raised them per se. These people we must be compassionate toward.
To the many unloved and misunderstood orphans, The Jackson Five, (I'm going ol' skool now,) The Supremes, Soul Train, Good Times, Amen, Mork and Mindy, Welcome Back Kotter, #RobinWilliams, The Cosby Show, Donnie and Marie, Starsky and Hutch, Mister Rogers, Baretta, The Monkeys, Flip Wilson, Redd Foxx, and others made great impressions on people and uplifted them in times of great need. They were gateways to joy, an escape to young children who did not quite understand the salvation of Jesus at the time. I am not saying that they took the place of Jesus because no one can do that. But what I am saying is that there is an Age of Recognition and I believe that it varies with each individual.
I believe that Jesus sends certain souls to us to lift our spirits in this cursed world. There is nothing wrong with having someone or something make you laugh and smile until you learn of Jesus and set your relationship with Him in stone. (The Rock.) Some of what you hear or see may not be the 'cleanness' material but that is when we must learn to "chew the meat and spit out the bones." Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater or you won't be able to enjoy the baby. Choose wisely. God made the World and said it was good. Enjoy the good whether it be music, trees, forests, animals, water, skies, sunshine, camping, singing, dancing, weddings, graduations, church, and yes, even your job, hopefully. Hey, at least you have a job.
7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:
8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.
9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.
I suppose what I am saying is: please don't judge the way that others show their gratitude towards a person or thing. You never know the underlying reason that they do so. We all came from somewhere, unless your name is Melchizadek. We all have had something to hang onto in a way. Mourning the loss of a childhood 'friend' is in no way a disrespectful act towards these horrible deaths that other innocent individuals have experienced or are experiencing. We mourn them also, just in varying ways.
This World is collapsing, let' s hug one another and not push one another away. Race, color or creed is not the issue. The issue is Love. Don't misinterpret the scripture, "Let the dead bury the dead." With Love, you can bring many 'dead' people back to life. Our recent experiences have been bad enough, can you reach down and pull a brother or sister up?
There is strength in numbers. ~ Essie