I haven’t written in a while, so it is a good thing I am not using blogging as an example of spiritual discipline. In my previous post, I wrote about a church missing the point of who the church should be going after. Here’s another example.
Those of you who know me know that I love music. In fact, I like most types of music although I am not a fan of opera or rap. However, I love rock, alternative country, classical, jazz, and almost any other type of music. One of my all time favorite bands, since I was a small child, is the Beatles. I don’t even remember them when they were still together, but I remember them always being on the radio. I even took a course on the Beatles in college. The title of this article is a line from a song John Lennon wrote to his son shortly before he died.
I got into a discussion recently where someone told me that I shouldn’t like the Beatles because they were not Christians. I’m not sure what that has to do with thinking Rubber Soul is a good album, but okay.
I began to research the Beatles and it made me sad more about our faith than anything. In the late 1970s, John Lennon actually converted back to Christianity – having been raised Anglican. He wrote about it in his diaries and contacted, of all people, Oral Roberts for spiritual counseling. He wrote Christian songs during this period (only one of which was released as far as I can tell) and commented on his beliefs to his friends.
Who knows if he stuck with it? That is something between God and Lennon. I hope he did.
However, in reading on the subject I found a quote from him about the song Help, which was released the year I was born.
Christians could have come to answer Lennon’s cry for “help” but instead “Christians” burned records, misquoted his comments for slogans and attacks, and turned their backs on him. Not much has really changed, if you think about it. IF John Lennon died without knowing Christ, how do you think God in Heaven will judge the Christians who pushed him away?
One of the last songs he recorded, Help Me to Help Myself, was a simple prayer to the Lord for help. In it he says “But I know in my heart that we never really parted.”
I hope so.