Debbie Reynolds, age 84, died this past week. As most of America knows, it was just one day after her 60-year-old daughter, Carrie Fisher died. Thousands of articles and blogs have been written about this tragedy, but I’ve not seen any that touch on the underlying spiritual factors. Reynolds seemed like quintessential Hollywood good girl, just singing in the rain. But in the 1950s she suffered the acrimonious split of her marriage to singer Eddie Fisher, after he committed adultery with Elizabeth Taylor. Daughter Carrie Fisher was just two years old at the time. Carrie’s father unleashed a Jezebel curse that was to torment her life.
Fisher married musician Paul Simon, but that lasted only 11 months. That was followed by a relationship with Bryan Lourd which resulted in an illegitimate child. Lourd eventually left Fisher for a man. During the filming of “Star Wars” she had a three-month sexual affair with Harrison Ford. In 2005 a man was found dead in her home from an overdose of cocaine. Fisher claimed that the man’s ghost hunted her house. Afterwards, she declared herself an “enthusiastic agnostic.”
Bipolar disorder, cocaine addiction, and overuse of prescription medications were the staples of her life. In 1965 she overdosed and was rushed to the hospital. Her body having been pushed to the limit, she stopped breathing on a flight, December 23. Four days later she was dead. It was more than her mother Debbie could handle. She died the next day while planning Carrie’s funeral.
Who’s to blame for all this evil? Only God knows the whole story, but much of the evil can be blamed on eight-times-married Elizabeth Taylor. How she became such a Jezebel, eternity will tell. Yes, Eddie Fisher was also to blame. But Carrie might be alive today, and Debbie too, were it not for Taylor’s break-up of the marriage.
And one more thing. Though Carrie had no star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, fans have chalked one on the sidewalk, with the words, “May the Force be with You.” As I’ve written about before, The Force is a demonic power that George Lucas borrowed from Buddhism. There seems to be no evidence that Carrie Fisher ever turned from her antagonism toward God and repented of her own immorality. If so, The Force is indeed with her, for a terrifying eternity.
An encouraging word: SEEK GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT
“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” So said the apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 6:6. This is not to say that there is anything wrong with success and the reward of financial advancement. That is gain to be respected. But “great” gain is godliness with contentment. Truly devout piety that is combined with a life-affirming satisfaction is what Paul was directing his young charge to focus on. An individual can act in a godly way and still not be content if that posture of spirituality doesn’t lead to a life of peace. Today, pursue godliness, but pursue it with the gratification of a life well-lived.
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