I know of a very good-sounding song.
I heard it first when I was very young.
Its theme reminds me of a lovely nursery
rhyme. It speaks of and longs for peace, harmony,
and togetherness. The song and the musical group
are without a doubt among the world's best. But I
disagree with what it advocates in the lyrics of the
song. Surely, we all would love to see unity from sea
to shining sea. However, I unequivocally oppose the
price it is willing to pay for the cause of peace, harmony,
I am a boomer and grew up in the troubling
sixties. I do understand what I assume to be
the dream and intended purpose of the song.
I'm not sure if the producers and singers
believe every word. Notwithstanding, it's a
great tool to spread a message. The message
is clear, and they have no fear.
There is nothing to interpret or explain. They say,
"Imagine". It seems that every line is clear and
plain. They have great imagination, but it appears
to take them in a direction that leads away FROM God.
I also have imagination, but it leads me TO God.
I cannot imagine that there is no heaven.
I have anticipated heaven all of my life.
Unlike them, I CAN NOT imagine there's no God.
I have invited Him to dwell in my heart and mind.
But like them, I CAN imagine no organized religion.
That is to say, a religion of man-centeredness. I
CAN NOT imagine there is no hell either. I really wish
there was no hell, but wishing won't dismiss reality.
I CAN NOT imagine having no possessions because I work
hard for them. Neither can I imagine no countries, because
I believe in borders and the sovereignty of nations.
There is so much more to be imagined in that beautiful song.
We say that beauty is only skin deep, and for this song, I
would agree. For my ears, the beauty stops on the surface.
For the sake of beauty, I wish that it was not so. For the
cause of peace, I wish that I could join them, but wishing
does not erase reality. I have always declined the invitation.
Copyright © curtis johnson | Year Posted 2022
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