“If I can turn the focus on the Beatles on to Christ’s message, then that’s what we are here to do.”

In a recently re-discovered interview John Lennon responds to the outcry over his famous “We’re more popular than Jesus” comment.

“If the Beatles get on the side of Christ, which they always were, and let people know that, then maybe the churches won’t be full, but there’ll be a lot of Christians dancing in the dance halls,” he said.

Sounds much like a precursor to Bono here.

It makes me wonder, imagine even, about the established religion of Christianity as opposed to the spirituality it so often rejected and denied. The forms and structure became the religion. This caused lasting damage to this world and to people. Who knows what Lennon really was thinking at this point, but I can’t help thinking that so much of his spiritual wandering–gurus, drugs, etc.–sought a home within the Spirit that he felt but did not know how to find within established Christianity of his time.

Despite my occasional frustrations and disagreements with some aspects of the emerging/missional church I am committed to such expressions precisely because they are about what Lennon says. Being on the side of Christ, dancing in the dance halls, moving with the Spirit in ways that get around the established, non-spiritual, restrictions. Encouraging the giggling, the joy, and all around holistic participation with God in this world.

Imagine if the emerging/missional church had been around in the 1960s breaking free from the cultural oppression of Christendom, allowing in artists and musicians and all types to discover their wholeness within the arms of Christ.

Yes, there were precursors even then, but those were on the periphery and still quiet. Christendom still reigned, and Christendom was totalitarian.

Imagine if the church was missional back then. Who might have walked and talked of the Gospel in even more explicit ways. Imagine if the answers to the yearning were given the name Jesus, instead of Jesus being the name for more oppression and restriction.

Imagine if the dance Lennon talked about was truly understood back then as being the Holy Spirit, who leads us in the dance that makes possible all the hope we imagine.

Thanks to Althouse for the link.

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