I've been reading old John Lennon interviews today in which he answers questions about songs such as Imagine. And I suddenly realized where one of my biggest problems with the church lies.
One Sunday the preacher at the United Brethren church I attended when I was a teenager decided to give an anti-Lennon sermon. He was quoting lyrics from Imagine and explaining why they were so evil. But I was a big fan of John Lennon's music, so I found this particular sermon to be quite disagreeable to me.
The lyrics say:
"Imagine no country..."
"Imagine no religion..."
"Imagine there's no Heaven..."
The preacher believed Lennon wanted to get rid of countries and religions, that he was against these things.
But nothing could be farther from the truth. Lennon is just saying we should "imagine" these things. Come on, it's not meant to be taken literally. It's just poetry, man. I wish I could say that to the old pastor today.