Written by cycleguy on April 17th, 2020

Confronting Christianity, the excellent book by Rebecca McLaughlin (2019 Book of the Year) opened with this introduction:

In 1971, Beatles star John Lennon had a dream. Closing his eyes to the atheist regimes of his day, he dreamed of a brotherhood of man with no heaven, no hell, no countries, no possessions, ‘nothing to kill or die for,’ and ‘no religion.’ This dream persists. ‘Imagine’ was sung reverentially at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Despite prescribing an antireligious pill swallowed by one tiny fraction of the world, it is seen as an anthem of unity across ideological differences. As its notes rang out in PyeongChang, the sister of the supreme leader of North Korea-a state that has tried ‘no religion’ and still found much to kill and die for-graced the crowd.

Eight years before ‘Imagine’ was released, another prophet shared another dream. He dreamed that ‘one day in Alabama…little black boys and black girls [would] be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sister and brothers.

The difference between Lennon’s dream and Dr. King’s dream was the issue of faith. Lennon said None; King said fulfillment. Who was right? Of course, that is not all we have been inundated with.  Our world is filled, no make that flooded, with aberrant philosophies and ideas-vain, Godless and empty.

Paul’s letter to the Colossians presents the only one that will satisfy, that will fill: to follow Christ.  After a two week hiatus from Colossians due to Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday, I’m coming back. My first sermon is on the sufficiency of Christ from Colossians 2:8-15.  We are online as most churches are these days. We are still working  out bugs and I would appreciate your prayers as we navigate these waters.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. I’m looking forward to “attending” church with you on Sunday, Bill! This time, Danny will be joining me.
    Yes, you have my prayers!

  2. floyd says:

    Imagine, or fantasize, is all it is. The human condition of this fallen world makes that unrealistic. It takes knowing the Creator, as Paul said. And to know Him is to love Him… Because He first loved us.

    Praying for you.

  3. cycleguy says:

    From Betty: Love Colossians, My last bible study was on this book. All the ladies but me attend a church that teaches, Lordship salvation so when we got to the word chosen there was some great discussion. My favorite bible study is just that, use the bible and dig in.

  4. Ryan S. says:

    So I had to go back and listen to the song… It has the illusion of peace and tranquility, but in reality is filled with nothing.

    Christ is sufficient!