We had gathered for a cookout. After the cookout, we gathered around for a time of Bible study and a time of prayer. We were offering prayer requests when one of the kids mentioned a friend as an atheist. He wasn’t really holding out much hope for the truth of Christ to penetrate. That’s when I brought up the man, John Lennon. But someone protested: “Isn’t he the one that said that he and the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ?” I said, “Yes, and he meant it.” They were helping me to make my point.
Every year in Time Square, New York, before the big ball drops, they play what has become, if not THE anthem, at least an anthem for the ceremony, “Imagine.” “Imagine there’s no heaven, no hell beneath. Imagine there’s no religion, too. Imagine all the people living for today.” The song is the secular progressives invitation to abandon religion and, if God is a part of that, Him too.
But somewhere along the line, something seemed to have happened to John Lennon. I think he began to see the miracle of God in a little boy. John became a daddy. He was the father of a son. He named him Sean. He wrote a song for his boy. “Close your eyes, have no fear. The monster’s gone, he’s on the run and your daddy’s here. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy … Before you go to sleep, say a little prayer. Every day, every way it’s getting better and better.”
He goes on to say how he can’t wait to see how he grows up. He speaks from his daddy’s heart: “Before you cross the street, take my hand. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Then he repeats the part about saying a little prayer before he goes to sleep every night. “Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy. Darling, darling, darling, darling Sean.” I hoped that my explaining all of this would help them see that God hasn’t yet given up on an apparent atheist.
Speaking of really great music, we’ve been having it at Cross Cultural Musique in Leesburg. Last Friday we had Living Water quartet and a young man named Brandon Hughes, an up and coming young man in southern gospel music. We had another young man sing named Joshua Valedez. He’s only 6. He got a standing ovation. Of course, my family sang a song in closing.
The schedule for Cross Cultural Musique for the next few weeks is as follows:
Friday, March 25: Southern Majesty
Friday, April 1: Roger Martin and Friends
Friday April 8: Mike Zoellick.
Mike Zoellick sings with Grafted-In and does solo ministry. Check out his great work for Cross Cultural on Facebook.
Like me, he likes John Lennon’s song “Beautiful Boy.” He’s the proud grandpapa of Caspian Zoellick, who’s a new arrival this month. He set the first few hours and days of Caspian’s life in video format using “Beautiful Boy.”