This is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles. I am a big fan, particularly of the earlier Beatle hits. My daughter bought for me the Time Magazine issue “Paul McCartney: The legend rocks on at 70.” She and I agree that he is our favorite. I like Ringo. He’s just plain cool. George was the silent one so I will be too on that. John was the radical. I liked him, too.
I didn’t like John’s politics. Those differences don’t need to be discussed here. If I had been born in Liverpool, England, on the hills of World War II, would my perspective be such as it is having been born in Savannah, GA, during peace? Liverpool was heavily bombed during the war. He had his opinions about the Vietnam War. “All we are saying is, ‘Give peace a chance.’” His message, albeit far left, was with the intention of love. “All you need is love.”
About his asserting that the Beatles may have been more popular than Jesus Christ, it wasn’t a good move. Is boat riding more popular than Jesus Christ? We’ll have a vote on that Sunday morning. “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, which is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”(Hebrews 10:24,25)
Many years in Time Square, New York, before the big ball dropped, they played 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 one 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 just what happens to you when 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 will help people see that God hasn’t yet given up on a proclaimed atheist. Happy Fathers Day to all of you Beatles fans, both in the closet and out of the closet.
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”(I John 3:1) “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”(John 3:16) “A Father to the fatherless, a defender of the widows, is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.”(Psalm 68:5-6)