Recently I read an article that said Ozzy Osbourne admitted he had been drinking and doing drugs for the past year and a half. He went on to say he had been sober for forty four days, and I am thankful for that. To some this might not be such a shock because he does have quite the reputation for bad behavior. The article didn’t shock me either if the truth is told but it did cause me to sigh and feel sadness for him and his family. Ozzy has battled addiction for most of his life and just hasn’t completely defeated it. I know he has been in rehabs and twelve step programs yet like many others he continues to struggle.
If I were given an opportunity to speak with him I would tell him how I came out of a similar lifestyle after 15 years. Twelve step programs and rehabs are wonderful, and I highly recommend them for those that are in need of them. The only problem I see is if you go there expecting just to learn how to cope better you’re in trouble, because that isn’t what’s going to set you free from addiction. While you may learn some valuable tools to help you in the beginning it is only Jesus Christ himself that will keep you clean.
The Bible uses the term sin and sins when referring to things that keep people in bondage. Of course we like to clean up things and make them more clinical so we call them addictions, hang-ups and mistakes. For now let’s call it sin, so we get the full effect and understand the reason we need such a radical cure as the death of the one and only Son of God.
Jesus Christ came here to save sinners. He didn’t come here for the religious or to make people religious. Now that’s some good news isn’t it? In fact the religious folks were the ones that said to the disciples “Why is your teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus came here for the ones that are sick and in need. This would include Ozzy, me and everyone willing to be honest with themselves don’t you think?
I think Ozzy is probably like many others in that he formed an opinion about who Jesus is based on the attitudes and lifestyles of those that claim to know him and some that even speak for him. I have seen my share of hypocritical behavior when it comes to the Rock-n-Roll world, and I’m sure it doesn’t endear them to Jesus. I remember going to see an Ozzy concert when I was a freshman in High School. There was a group of people protesting outside of the concert passing out tracts and yelling at us “You’re all going to Hell if you go in there!” I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this didn’t encourage me to come to Jesus. If it did anything it just fueled my fire against the church and made me not want to ever go again.
I didn’t start writing this in order to rant about hypocrites or give anyone excuses to not trust in Christ, but somewhere along the line we, that claim to know Jesus Christ, are to exhibit his behavior traits. We too will be a friend of sinners. How else are we going to reach them? When it’s all said and done we have to come to Jesus Christ on our own. One way or the other; we receive him or reject him, so my prayer is that Ozzy, and anyone else for that matter, takes a good long look at who Jesus really is before rejecting him based on who you think he might be.
Let me leave you with a few words from Jesus himself. In John 3 while talking with a man named Nicodemus he said, “For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” Many times those claiming to represent Jesus are judgmental, but right here we read Jesus didn’t come for that he came to save us from judgment. I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty good to me. Why don’t you ask God to show you the truth about it? I only have one request. Don’t be afraid to follow the truth where it takes you. I promise you will not be sorry.
Written by Louie