He who is without sin cast the first stone… (John 8:7) (Paraphrase)
During the recent 2010 BET Awards, Chris Brown performed a tribute to Michael Jackson. His performance was incredible. His moves and timing were impeccable. In his finale, Brown was unable to continue in the same vain for the song Man in the Mirror. He was overtaken by emotion and broke down into tears. Brown, who over the past year has dealt with abuse charges, coupled with media and fan backlash; due to an altercation between him and then girlfriend Rhianna was visibly shaken; while attempting to sing a song about a man who needs to make a change within himself.
Many viewers felt that his emotional melt down was planned. I personally believe it was genuine. I don’t believe that anyone can begin to imagine the mental and emotional anguish that he has endured over the past year regarding this situation. I honestly believe that this is a private matter between Chris Brown and Rhianna. And it is none of our business. However, the court of public opinion does not agree with me. The media and public outrage has attempted to decimate and destroy Brown, but during his performance Brown rose like a phoenix out of the ashes.
After all that he has endured, I believe that it is quite plausible for someone to break down while singing a song about the man in the mirror needing to make a change. Instead of casting judgment, maybe each of us needs to take a good long look at the man or woman in the mirror and make the necessary changes in our own personal lives. It is not always easy but let’s try to be the change that we so desire to see in others.
In the bible, the book of Matthew, in chapter seven, speaks on judging others. It steps on all our toes mine included. But it forces us to take a good long look at ourselves before having an opinion about someone else. Take this harsh word and learn from it, grow from it and become better for it.
Matthew 7:1-5 (Message Bible)
1-5 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.
Remember: We can only change ourselves. Let’s start there and pray for everyone else.