Imagine the impossible

© D Rudi Schwartz

John Lennon, notorious member of The Beatles, murdered on 8 December 1980, once declared:

“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I’ll be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first—rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

These words stirred up a lot of controversy, which had some concerts of The Beatles to America cancelled.  Some radio stations also stopped playing Beatle records.

Lennon tried to make his words more palatable, and the music more marketable.  At the press conference held on 11 August 1966, Chicago, Illinois, Lennon described his own belief in God saying, “… not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us.[1]

Lennon is also the author of the popular song “Imagine

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

This song first of all takes God out of the picture.  This means getting rid of accountability and judgment, because, as the song continues, man will be his own creator and judge.  It will also bring peace.

The song makes national boundaries and governments the source of war, because is gives people reason to die and kill .  Everything belongs to everyone as they share all the world.

Is this possible?  Lennon thinks so; and he says he is not alone.

A socialistic utopia! A place where Christ and Christianity has no role to play.  A place where there is no room for law and order.  A place where private property is traded for common property.  A place where “God is something in all of us”.  A place of “rock-and-roll”.

Only a sort of eternal Woodstock full of hippies, smoking pot and enjoying “free” sex.

Let’s wake up out of the dream.  History’s pages record the disasters of such experiments.

Fact is, private property, governments, and law and order is not our problem.

Fact is:  God is not something in all of us.

Fact us, we are morally corrupt. (One can only observe human nature in cases of natural disasters:  with structures of institutionalised church, government, law, order and private ownership temporarily out of the way, the best of the worst of morally corrupt mankind present itself as people loot, steal and mistreat one another).

Fact is, true Christianity is not going away – however, it might be weakened through apostasy.  God created the universe for and through Jesus Christ, and only when He returns will all be made new.

Fact is Christ is the only Mediator between God and man, and between man and man.  Any attempt to bring peace without Him in the picture is futile and will just lead to further misery.

Christ is God with us; there is nothing in us that is God – not before his Holy Spirit does the miracle of new life through faith in Jesus Christ.  And even then will faith make us long for lasting peace, which is the possession of those who are saved from their sins.

Our citizenship is in heaven.  Here we are sojourners.