Rocker's death-bed request upsets a nation (Jamaica) (books)
How Reggae king (Bob Marley) met the King of kings. Rocker's death-bed request upsets a nation (Jamaica).
Buddy Holly ... Elvis Presley ... John Lennon ... rock-and-rollers whose fame only seemed to grow beyond their untimely deaths.
There's another big name -- almost synonymous with an entire genre of music -- whose death (on May 11, 1981) sparked controversy because of something he said as he died ... something many of his fans don't want to hear.
Prior to his death bed conversion to Christianity, Jamaican Bob Marley belonged to the Rastafarian Religion. The Rastafari movement is an African-based spiritual ideology that arose in the 1930s in Jamaica. It is sometimes described as a religion but is considered by many adherents to be a "Way of Life".Its adherents worship Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (ruled 1930–1974), some as Jesus in his Second Advent, or as God the Father. The name Rastafari is taken from Ras Tafari, the title (Ras) and first name (Tafari Makonnen) of Haile Selassie I before the 1930 coronation. Learn more about Rastafarianism: HERE
CLOUD OF WITNESSES
How Reggae king met the King of kings
The editors of Leben recount testimony of Bob Marley's conversion
By Mike Rimmer
Undoubtedly, those who had built their lives and businesses around Bob Marley and his music felt threatened by his decision to be baptized. Most ignored it as an embarrassment, while others dismissed it as a mere formality without meaning. But Judy Mowatt, one of his famous “I-Threes” backup singers, tells an even more amazing story, of the reggae superstar’s deathbed conversion.
On stage at the 2004 Birmingham Gospel Festival, Mowatt was dressed splendidly in white looking younger than her 52 years. She shared some of her experiences, testified to the truth she’s discovered and sang songs from her excellent album “Something Old, Something New.” The crowd clearly loved it.
She became a Christian in the mid-’90s amidst a wave of other successful reggae artists finding Christian faith like Papa San, Stitchie, Chevelle Franklin and Carlene Davis. After her performance, I asked her what she thought Marley would have made of her conversion. It was here that she made my jaw drop!
She shared, “When Bob was on his dying bed, his wife Rita called me on the phone and said to me that Bob was in such excruciating pain and he stretched out his hand and said, ‘Jesus take me.’ I was wondering to myself, ‘Why is it that Bob said “Jesus” and not “Selassie”?’ But I never said it to anyone. Then I met a friend of mine and he said his sister, who is a Christian, was a nurse at the hospital where Bob was before he passed on, and she led him to the Lord Jesus Christ. So when Rita saw him saying, ‘Jesus take me,’ he had already received the Lord Jesus Christ in his life.”
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