Thursday, February 14, 2008

Save me Dizzy. What the caged Bird sang.





It would be impossible to discuss Jazz music without mentioning Charlie "Bird" Parker. Undoubtedly, he was one of the key figures in the evolution of jazz as we know it today. Charlie Parker, however, for all of his impressive talents and abilities to take jazz to higher levels was never able to rise above the crippling addictions that plagued his personal life. While injecting himself with heroin, he told his friend, "This is my home." Sadly, Charlie Parker died at the age of 35. The doctor who examined his body estimated the age of the body to be 50 to 6o years old. Just weeks if not days before dying, he staggered into a jazz club disoriented and worn down. He spotted his long time friend and jazz legend, Dizzy Gillespie, (both men shown above) and said, "Save me Dizzy...save me." Unfortunately, Dizzy could not save Charlie. Charlie's cry then is no different than the cry of millions if not billions of people today. The reality, however, is that men cannot save men. 
While droves of people every second turn to friends, therapists, counselors, etc. for help, in many cases they receive nothing more than band aids for bullet wounds. This is nothing new. People from the dawn of time have been looking to themselves and to each other for help and deliverance from their afflictions. If the truth be told, there is a help that can not be duplicated. That help is the help that God gives. 
I do not know if Dizzy pointed Charlie towards Jesus, but it would have been the best thing he could have done for his friend. The greatest need of our hour  is to lift Jesus up and live a life that points to Him. Jesus said if He be lifted up, He would draw all men unto Him. Paul lamented that there were men in his day as there are now that only sought to win others unto themselves. An easy task when considering the frailty of people looking for solutions. This weakness has been exploited since the beginning of time. The apostles and prophets dealt with this; masses of religious and irreverent people compelled them to tell them whether they were the "one" or should they seek another.  The apostle John in chapter one of his gospel addresses this issue. He makes it clear that John the Baptist was not the Light, but a man sent to bare witness of the Light. He was in few words emphasizing the point that Christ was the light of men -not John. John was just a man and man can't save  man. No matter how anointed, how prophetic, or how prolific a minister is salvation will inevitably fall into the hands of God and the person seeking to be saved. 

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