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Tears of a Clown
by Mike Keating on Friday, 15th of August 2014

TEARS OF A CLOWN

 

This week the world has mourned the loss of the talented Robin Williams. I have observed that his passing has almost dominated the media despite so much more going on in the world today. There are thousands of people clinging to a rock in the desert of Iraq for survival, wars, famine, and trouble almost in every sphere. And yet we seem to be more interested and touched by this one actor’s story.

 

I do want to be respectful to the man Robin Williams, who has given much pleasure to the world with his acting and comedic gifts. His work spans so many generations that people can date their era by Robin William’s career. Some of us go back to the Mork and Mindy era and others by the Aladdin cartoons. He also created some enduring Hollywood movies such as Mrs Doubtfire, Dead Poet’s Society and Good Will Hunting.

 

Sadly, Robin Williams fits the pattern of the sad clown. He tragically took his own life at 63 years of age after a life battling depression, drug and alcohol addiction, and towards the end, early stages of Parkinson’s Disease. We are sadden by this and our thoughts and prayers go out to those closest to him, and it is our hope that somehow he might find rest in the wide mercy of our God. I am not sure of his stance before God but he cheekily gave this list:

 

Top 10 Reasons to be an Anglican

10. No snake handling. 

9. You can believe in dinosaurs.

8. Male and female God created them; male and female we ordain them. 

7. You don't have to check your brains at the door. 

6. Pew aerobics. 

5. Church year is color-coded. 

4. Free wine on Sunday. 

3. All of the pageantry - none of the guilt. 

2. You don't have to know how to swim to get baptized. 

And the Number One reason to be an Anglican: 

1. No matter what you believe, there's bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you. 

 

However, it is also important to observe that Robin’s life is a brilliant metaphor of what is so wrong with our modern world. We can have ‘everything’. Literally! We can have fame, fortune, and family. We can excel in gifts and talents. People may think we are the funniest person alive and yet be so lost in our inner world.

 

Jesus said: 26 Will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. (Mat 16:26-27 NKJ)

 

There is only one answer – it is not a ‘what’, a ‘how’ or a ‘why’. It is a ‘who’ and his name is Jesus.

 

"For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what.

 

- Ps Mike