“Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her bed early this morning, an emptied bottle which had contained sleeping tablets on a table near by”.… The radio announcer went on to give some details about the finding of the body and then passed on to other news headlines.

One casual remark was overheard—made by a high-minded citizen—“Well, not much was lost.”

But a sober second thought brought this woman’s death into clearer focus: Everything was lost … salvation, an eternity with Christ, the possibilities of the influence of a godly life upon a generation at the crossroads.

But more than this woman’s influence and opportunities were lost. What about those responsible for an unwanted and unloved childhood? What of those who first sensing unusual physical attractiveness took advantage of her loneliness, ignorance and lack of any sense of values for their own selfish ends?

What about a nation in which millions made her a sex symbol? About producers, script writers and directors who contrived scenes and situations to exploit her childish, fragile beauty for personal fame and profit?

One Christian woman, hearing of Marilyn Monroe’s tragic death, remarked, “Poor kid, she never had a chance.”

After her death it was revealed that two weeks earlier Evangelist Billy Graham bad awakened in his hotel in Seattle with a burden to pray for her. A week later, in Los Angeles, this burden continued, and one of Mr. Graham’s associates tried to contact Miss Monroe through one of her agents only to be told, “Not now, maybe two weeks from now.”

Was the phone clutched in the lifeless hand a last and futile attempt to get help? Only God knows, and the motivation of this final act of a dying woman must be left to the One who is all-knowing and all-loving.

But America ...

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