HE GOT WHAT HE DESERVED! …October 5, 2015

Matt 23:37  “O Jerusalem… How often I wanted to gather your  children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.”


There’s a song on classic rock radio that always drives me to anger when I hear it. In fact, when it starts playing, I immediately switch the station because I refuse to hear the lyrics. The song is “Imagine” by John Lennon, the former Beatle. The lyrics that infuriate me go like this:

Imagine there’s no heaven

Its easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today…Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people Living life in peace…

The other day that song came on and I, in my anger, cynically thought up new lyrics for that song. My new lyric?

“Imagine there’s no Lennon, it’s easy if you try….”

But as I reflected on my righteous anger, I started to think a new thought:  John Lennon has seen Jesus and is probably immeasurably rueful  that he held that opinion of the Lord and His heaven.  And there began to develop within me a feeling of sorrow for John Lennon.  I almost regretted having that feeling… “Lennon got what he deserved,” I first thought. But is that a good thing, I thought further?  And referring back to the song lyrics…is John Lennon living “in peace?”  Knowing what scripture says, I think not. And I’ve finally matured to the point whereby that knowledge makes me more sad than angry. A recent commentary I read often discusses this topic concerning our righteous anger as the world flagrantly sins all around us:  “…if we are not careful, our fury at the violation of God’s commandments might blind us to the mournful spirit we are to have when we see the sin around us.”

Later in that same commentary, I read:  “Do we mourn over the world’s failure to respect the Creator’s good law because we know that those breaking it inflict much pain upon themselves in the process, or do we relish in an unrighteous manner the judgment that they are bringing upon themselves?” In my heart, I deeply doubt that God looks at things like John Lennon’s lyrics and is pleased that He will punish Lennon for holding those opinions. Rather, I think He looks at John Lennon with sorrow in His eyes.  And, by extension, if that’s His reaction, it should be mine as well.

By:  Lee Pierce

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