Published On: Mon, Mar 12th, 2012

Whitney Houston: The trap of subtlety

By: Lécio Dornas

Nobody will disagree that the “Greatest love of All” must necessarily be in any list of the most successful song of Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012). How sweet, smooth and beautiful melody! It’s rejection by our heart is almost an impossibility; musical phrases simply are gaining space in us so enjoyable that does not allow us to easily see the poetry on which a message travels highly poisonous: Is the trap of subtlety.

The mention of children, future, childish smile which brings us to our own childhood set the stage for one of the most bombastic confessions ever made: “Everybody searching for a hero, people need someone to look up to. I never found anyone who fulfills my needs, a lonely place to be. So I learned to depend on me.” In other words, Whitney Houston has elected herself as her hero. So it’s easier for us to understand the tragic fragility of the life’s philosophy that she allowed herself to adopt, characterized by self-sufficiency, solitude and self-idolatry. However, all traveling in a nice melody and poetry with words and phrases carefully organized. Is the trap of subtlety.

Teach a child the greatest beauty that exists is that one inside herself, and she will have much trouble finding beauty worth in people that God has strategically allocated around her.
Teach a child to feel proud to know that the greatest love of all is that one that she feels for herself, and she may never make her to open to God’s love.

Encourage a child to want to walk in her own shadow and the schizophrenia and severe depression soon will knock at her door. By trusting in herself, perhaps disillusioned with everything and everyone, she can also prematurely end her own life by choosing to take refuge in drugs and self-destruction.
Whitney Houston should remember the Scripture: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15.13 – TNIV).

True greatest love is the love of God for us! Love proved (Romans 5.8) in the person of Jesus Christ: His birth, life, teaching, death and resurrection. Whitney boarded a canoe bored and was sick enough to try in vain to remove alone the water that continually entered the canoe. It was the trap of subtlety.

I Thank Whitney Houston, for her unique voice, unique ability to interpret songs and incomparable presence at stage. But I also made a decision long ago, when I saw that inside myself I find nothing to make me happy and useful, and chose to live with Someone very special, whose shadow I wish one day to live forever (Psalm 91.1). Just so I could escape the trap of subtlety. You can do it too.

Lécio Dornas is a Theologian, Leadership and Education Specialist and Writer with 19 titles published in several Publishers in Brazil. Currently, Lécio works as Manager of Brazilian Ministry at American Bible Society – and living, with his family, in Coconut Creek, FL. To contact him about the Bible Cause, e-mail

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