Ian (ringbark) wrote,

It was 25 years ago today

On the morning of 9th December 1980, my parents were listening to the "Today" programme on Radio 4. My mother woke me with the news that "It's just been on the radio that The Beatles will never have a reunion." Mum always did have a dark sense of humour.
Murdered in the evening of 8th December 1980 in New York (early in the morning of 9th December in England), John Lennon was seen as the spokeman of a generation or as some sort of folk-hero.
Just a few points of dissent.
I will not mention the name of his murderer. This man has no claim to fame except that he murdered a legitimately famous person. Why should such a person get any more publicity?
"Imagine" is a very powerful song in many ways, but it is not visionary and inspirational, at least not to me. I fail to see how it can be an inspiration to Christians (or, quite possibly, those with any religious belief) as line by line it dismantles everything I hold as important:
Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, ; questions a belief in heaven
No hell below us, Above us only sky, ; ...and in hell
Imagine all the people living for today... ; so no looking forward to the afterlife?

Imagine there's no countries, It isn't hard to do, ; so how can we make disciples of "every nation"
Nothing to kill or die for, ; I would die for my faith
No religion too, ; speaks for itself
Imagine all the people living life in peace... ; you leave me to my way, I leave you to yours. Some peace. And so on.
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