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We ought to come up with a better way to bring in the new year than singing John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which asks us to imagine what our country would be like if we could jettison the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bible…

lennonOnce again this New Year’s Eve, if you were tuned in to the lovefest in Times Square, the country was serenaded to the intoxicating melody and lyrics of John Lennon’s song, “Imagine.” What an inspiring sight and sound as the multitudes swayed arm in arm, joining the lead singer in what has become a traditional national anthem heralding the new year.

“Imagine there’s no heaven; it’s easy if you try. No hell below us; above us only sky.” Also no religion, no countries, no possessions, etc. Ah yes, an atheist’s and communist’s paradise on earth. And just as Karl Marx assured us, the end result, if we someday join in the dream, “the world will live as one.”

But we don’t need our imagination to see what Lennon’s dream would bring. We just have to observe the history of the twentieth century, and look to Bolshevik Russia and the Stalinist Soviet Union; to Mao’s China and to other lesser imitators and imaginers to see the result: hundreds of millions of fellow citizens slaughtered, starved and imprisoned.

John Lennon and his ideological, mindless groupies are asking us to imagine what our country would be like if we could jettison the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, not to mention the Bible, which repeatedly says, “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.” We would have to delete Thomas Jefferson’s references to the “Creator” and to banish the notion of any rights endowed by the Creator. There would be no assured right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, by which term James Madison and the founding fathers understood to mean owning property that others could not steal and that the government could not confiscate. And in Lennon’s Utopia freedom of religion would only be allowed to be practiced in the privacy of one’s mind.

Truth be told, we have already gone too far down the road to Lennon’s dream world, and it’s time to make a U-turn before we suffer the consequences of other nations and peoples, many of whom have decided to turn back. In Russia, Vladimir Putin now extols Alexander Solzhenitsyn, not Vladimir Lenin, as a national hero, and sees to it that all Russian newborns are baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church, a sort of progressive national exorcism. And at present trends China will have more professing Christians than any nation on Earth. Perhaps they know something we don’t about the imaginary world of John Lennon.

Graffiti on a wall once proclaimed “God is dead. —Nietzsche” to which someone later inscribed, “Nietzsche is dead. —God.” Today, of the fellow who once proclaimed that he and the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ, it can be said, “Lennon (and Lenin) is dead. —God.” The fool is gone, but many other fools follow in his Utopian imagination.

We ought to come up with a better way to bring in the new year than by indulging in intoxicants and vain imaginings… not to mention by inviting the wrath and judgment of the Almighty upon our country.

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  1. Some take a different view of Lennon and the Beatles, such as Ray Comfort; I think like most people John, Paul, George, and Ringo have each tried to find something larger than themselves and have held different views at different times particularly as one ages. Sinner that I am I’ll refrain from judgment. To your point though, there is however only One that will make the world one and the lion to lay down with the lamb.

  2. A while back I had some sport with this song, which I posted on a friend’s conservative blog, which I’ll post below.

  3. DECONSTRUCTING JOHN LENNON’S IMAGINE

    After the Beatles broke up, the four lads each went their separate ways and began working on solo projects. McCartney, of course, formed a new band, Wings, and his most successful song was probably “Live And Let Die”, which became the theme song for a James Bond movie of the same name. Then there was John Lennon, whose biggest hit, “Imagine”, seemed to veer in the complete opposite direction. On the surface, it sounded like a paean to peace, love, and, well, whatever. Mostly I’m guessing Lennon was high as a kite when he wrote that song, probably envisioning some sort of hippie paradise where all you did all day long was smoke pot and (presumably) have casual sex with random strangers, where words like “Duty” and “Responsibility” simply don’t exist and no one has to bother with such mundane things as having a job or raising children. Of course, if you actually examine the lyrics and take them literally, you get a rather different picture, indeed, something that sounds more like a nightmare. Anyway, without further ado, let’s dissect the lyrics, line by line:

    “Imagine there’s no heaven”

    Yes, let’s. Or, let’s rather not. According to Mister Peace and Love, we end our short travail on this Earthly Orb at the bottom of a dirt hole, in a pine box turning into rot and worm food. Such a lovely vision for humanity! Gone, of course, is the Christian promise of Eternal Life, a promise wondrous beyond imagination, tossed in the garbage can by Mr. Lennon for reasons utterly unfathomable to any rational human.

    “Imagine all the people living for today”

    And no plans for tomorrow, no future to look forward to. It’s the “Hippie Paradise” thing again, sitting around in a marijuana haze, one day blurring into the next.

    “Nothing to kill or die for”

    And gone with it all sense of honor and justice. Sometimes bad men need killing, and sometimes good men have to die for a just cause.

    “And no religion too”

    Which appears to be the central theme of the song. Hooray for atheism, a Godless ideology that basically says be as selfish and rotten as you like, since there is no one above you to judge your behavior or to pass on an objective sense of morality and law. Indeed, get rid of the Laws of God and we will, by necessity, live by the Laws of Darwin. A world where, to cite a line from the 2nd Mad Max movie, only those mobile enough to scavenge, brutal enough to pillage, can survive.

    “Imagine all the people living life in peace

    Probably the least offensive line from this song, yet it is an ideal preached by a man you reject, Christ.

    “And the world will be as one”

    One, what, exactly? A Borg-like existence where the Collective is all that matters, all individuality and differences wiped out, in which humans are reduced to the level of termites?

    “Imagine no possessions”

    Well, there goes science and technology, and pretty much all of human civilization. No possessions? Really, John? You want to have no homes for shelter, clothes for warmth, even such basics as flush toilets and toilet paper? You want to freeze in winter, fry in summer, and go to the bathroom in the street? Reduce us to the level of cave men, or, worse yet, apes in the jungle? Because having possessions means having things, things as simple as a pair of shoes or as complex as a Space Shuttle. Making things, improving things, inventing things, that’s a big part of what makes us human, and separates us from the animals.

    “I wonder if you can”

    I can imagine a lot of things, but living like beasts isn’t one of them.

    “No need for greed or hunger”

    See reference to the “Mad Max” world listed above.

    “A Brotherhood of man”

    Back to the Borg-like existence.

    “Imagine all the people sharing all the world”

    And in Lennon’s Mad Max future, there won’t be much sharing, since rifle bullets and gasoline will be more valuable than gold.

    And there you have it. At best a piece of mindless twaddle, an example of Bongwater Philosophy 101, and at worst a recipe for a God deprived and thus meaning deprived animal universe in which we either hive together in a collective like insects or else revert to the classic jungle rule of Survival of the Fittest where cunning, treachery, and pure predator skill win the day.

  4. I remember 30 years ago at Catholic Sixth Form College in England.

    Regardless of what other subjects we did, we had one lesson of RE a week with our “Tutor Group”, and every week one of the group was required to prepare a talk to lead the lesson.

    Thirty years must seem an awful long time for me to remember what we did in our one RE lesson a week. And I have absolutely no recollection whatsoever of what I did my talk on.

    But I have always remembered one lesson. The member of the group responsible this particular week based his on his admiration for Lennon and “Imagine” and of course we had to listen to this.

    I think though the main reason why I remember is that the person leading that particular lesson had no doubt that when he left college he was going to train to become a Priest. And yet he was promoting this atheist song.

    At the time, I had no idea why he might think this an appropriate song for a future Priest and an RE lesson. Nor did I understand why his plan was to become a Jesuit Priest.

  5. I find most of the songs I enjoyed in younger days are much better, and still enjoyable, if I completely ignore the words & their meaning… however, the best ironic use of this song is at the end of The Killing Fields” where it is played soulfully (Lennon, words & all) at the end of the movie, the camera panning across the Red Cross camp caring for the detritus of the Khmer Rouge…I have obviously spent far too much time thinking about this, but it MUST have been ironic, else it betrays the rest of the movie.

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