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
The first time I ever heard this song, I thought, “Oh my Gosh!!” This guy obviously makes Jesus cry. It disturbed me. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve come to appreciate the Beatles’ music. But their lyrics are less than understandable, oftentimes.
This song, though, is different. John Lennon apparently is taking a serious look at the world and saying, “If their weren’t all of these religions and nations warring with each other, if all of these people weren’t just worried about what they might get in the next life, maybe life here on earth would be different.”
While John would disagree with the Christian belief that the ultimate cause of human suffering is sin, he had a good point.
Imagine if Christians would stop focusing on this heaven-oriented, i’ll-fly-away easy-believism, and realize that the Gospel of Christ is about the new creation–that Christ was the first-born from the dead, that God will redeem his world, that he’ll resurrect his children, that God’s kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. Maybe then we’d be less focused on getting a bunch of converts and more focused on changing the world. On loving sinners the way jesus loves sinners. On sharing the Good news of the kingdom of God as opposed to making it illegal for sinners to sin.
Imagine all the Christians living for today.
Some may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one.
I’m in the process of reading both Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright. So should everyone else be.