|December 24, 2004|
Imagine: A Christmas Message
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
During the past four Bush years, as we have come up on Christmas Day, a song by John Lennon has come to mind. That song is titled "Imagine." While some to this day believe him to be a godless man, especially where he cites in this song, "Imagine no religion," in my opinion he saw us more connected than we think we are. Many believe that religion is a man-made institution that has perverted many of God's teachings to suit their needs. While I do label myself a Christian, perhaps those voices are correct, especially when Pres. George W. Bush invokes God's name in his never ending quest for war on mankind. The same can equally be said of Osama bin Laden, who has also perverted God's many teachings.
To me, Christmas is a celebration where we celebrate the birth of hope, peace and love in Jesus Christ, and His name should never be used to bring despair, war and hate upon anyone on this planet. I think that is what John Lennon was trying to say in his song "Imagine." In my opinion, he was a man who was listening to God's teachings and trying to tell us something. I was hoping that the future would be the world he sang about, and it still can be if we collectively champion his message. One can still imagine, because imagination does give the human spirit some hope for a better tomorrow.
When John Lennon states this phrase within this song, "Nothing to kill or die for," are we truly listening when we have seen roughly three thousand Americans killed on September 11th, over one thousand American soldiers killed in Iraq as well as in Afghanistan and thousands of innocent Iraqis killed? As I wrote Congressman Dennis Kucinich just last night, where he has always spoken out against the Iraq War, I said this to him: "In my opinion a war without end is very immoral, Congressman, and shame on anyone for supporting such a course for our nation. They are the very ones who are failing to learn from God's teachings, where clearly you have listened. In my opinion, God would be smiling down from the Heavens above knowing you did, and angered at those who failed Him once more." This was in reaction to him stating he wants our troops home now and against our never ending quest for war.
When John Lennon stated through "Imagine" these words: "Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can. No need for greed or hunger. A brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people, sharing all the world." He then goes on to say: "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope some day you'll join us, And the world will live as one..." God has sent us many dreamers, but those who lust for greed and power will ridicule such dreamers. It seems mankind follows the hawks while we dismiss the doves. Just imagine if we followed the doves.
As we celebrate Christmas, it is my belief that God does send us prophets to listen to where they do speak out against the many diseases of mankind. War is a disease, suffering is a disease, poverty is a disease, killing for possessions is a disease, killing people where they work is a disease, not caring is a disease and complicity to all above is definitely a disease.
God sent His only living son into the world to teach us how to get along with each other and to work for peace. He did not send His son into this world for those to pervert His teachings. This message is directed towards George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden. The both of you have failed God time and time again. The both of you have worshipped false idols, and many have followed your insane messages to the detriment of mankind.
With all of that said, my Christmas message to all of you is this very simple message by John Lennon: "Imagine all the people living life in peace." As I stated to Cong. Kucinich, God would be smiling down from the Heavens. He would say, for once My children listened.
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