Amy Winehouse: What If?

A couple of days ago, Ari and I flew to the U.S. While on board I watched a documentary about Amy Winehouse – the Jewish singer from Britain who died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27.

I could not help thinking about this young woman for several days.

The BBC has called her “the pre-eminent vocal talent of her generation.” Born in 1983, she started singing and writing music at the age of 15. Her lyrics rolled off her pen like a waterfall; she was a phenomenal creator of music.

She soon moved out of her mother’s home so she could “smoke weed” all day. By the time she was seventeen she was on her way to fame and fortune. But she also had graduated from marijuana to crack cocaine, heroin and alcohol, to name a few.

Her father, who had shown her little attention as a child, now ran her music business and pushed her along into booking concerts and recording albums and singles, even when it was clear to any objective person she was in desperate need of help.

By 2007 she was booed off stage when she was too intoxicated to sing. But in 2008 she won five Grammys, including three for ‘Rehab’ (They tried to make me go to rehab, and I said ‘No No No’) – including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

In the song, maybe there was a little call for help (I don’t ever want to drink again ,I just, oh, I just need a friend).

What a phenomenal talent. What could she have been if someone had reached her with the Good News of Abundant Life in this world and Eternal Life in the next?

What if she had met and fallen in love with Yeshua?

Think how she, a Messianic Jew with a mighty gift could have influenced a whole generation with her originality shaped by the Holy Spirit!

Amy is about as clear an example as is possible. Satan had one plan: To use her to influence her generation to love and idolize the wild life. A life of FREEDOM to do whatever I want. Drugs, alcohol – isn’t that just the coolest thing? Boy is she really free…!!!

When he was done with her, Satan killed her – at 27 years old. You see, the Deceiver is still using her music to deceive this generation. Because what Lucifer did to her he plans to do to this entire generation.

This article originally appeared on Maoz Israel, November 6, 2015.