IN GOD WE TRUST : Reflecting on John Lennon and the events of December 8, 1980
If John Lennon could only know, the entire world is still not there. We constantly refer to the motto of the United States these days stating “IN GOD WE TRUST”, but do we,… really??
Sometime I wake and feel as if I have to go out and fix everything myself, of course that is also when it hits me right square between the eyes of the enormity of the problems we face as a society. Really only one of two thoughts come to mind at that point….go to bed and sleep until it is over or do as scripture suggests and “work out your own salvation”, and leave the rest to God.
After reviewing the special FOX News so very well put together I watched it like three times trying to keep account of my own thoughts that were nagging me through out the whole thing which was the contrast of these 2 people who professed to be Christians, and it hit me. One certainly trusted in God, and the other grew impatient waiting to see the presence of God in John Lennon and felt the need to take matters into his own hands.
And then it dawned upon me that the government and Mark David Chapman were possibly on the same side when it came to John Lennon. This man John Lennon who had PEACE, and serenity written all over his face during those days of the late 70’s and 1980, even expressed it so very well so many times during that year.
I was too young to understand his, John and Yoko’s, political activism but I think I have a clearer picture now. LOL…and so strange I find I am in total agreement with them both. They were not minimalist, but did not live above their means. They had periods of extravagance …but so what …that is life and learning when you a hot rock star.
Just because you think you know some one …..YOU DO NOT!
Hind sight is always 20/20. People are at different phases in God’s handiwork.
I believe John loved the idea of INDIVIDUALISM and even more loved the idea of a whole bunch of people who believed in individualism living in NYC, TOGETHER! WOW!! People doing their own thing, yet coming together as friends and sharing the experience of life, the joys and sorrows. With a constitutional government such as ours, and had a great deal of trust in his fellow citizens, and at the beginning he also trusted in the US government.
Why was the US government so upset about John Lennon coming to America…..it could have been aimed at the very heart of the fact that his non violent protests were the ones that scared them the most…..the in bed/sleep in protest hit at the very heart of the engine of American Government which is participation…..unplug participation and it falters…..big time! WHOA!
Create your own wealth ….and then un-plug….and ..well…now….you ave created some enemies, Uncle Sam would see him as a target. Mark David Chapman saw his abundance and was jealous, but also felt he was wallowing in excess, and clearly did not trust God to lead John Lennon, not as God saw fit, but as Mark Chapman perceived it!
Many countries certainly invite other to come and live tax-free status if they can provide minimal standards of income. Maybe they thought other people would get big ideas from that sit in….well it was not only that …but some one did get some big ideas ….which is why Uncle Sam tried to kick John Lennon out of the country. And on the other side of the country Mark David Chapman brooded about John Lennon’s life.
“The thing the 60’s did was show us the possibility and the responsibility we all had, it was not the answer, it just gave us a glimpse at the possibility…….and in the 80’s we said lets project the positive side of life, again. Ya know the world has been going on for a long time, right??” ~John Lennon
AND JUST AS EQUALLY EMPHATIC he is very vocal about person worship …he himself did not want to be worshiped, and did not feel it fitting to worship politicians, football players, movie stars…..”it just doesn’t work” he proclaimed.
Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Did John Lennon hold the measuring stick only to himself looking inward, and trust God for others?? I do believe so, as it showed in his walk as well as his talk. He was not haughty, or unkind. He took the time to speak to others. He even spoke and autograph the cover of the album of a man who murdered him.
Mark David Chapman held the scripture up to measure others, and specifically John Lennon! He had no clue where God was on the completion of John Lennon…..and listened to the dark voice rather than the one of light on the second round of an old conversation, because he read a few things and thought he knew John Lennon.
John held those parables to measure himself. He was truly working out his own salvation, and of others, “In God he did trust”! The lives of those around him were placed in trust with God! He was too busy measuring his own life, to judge others harshly. He was concentrating on his own family, raising his son, loving his wife. Perfect?? No, never, but in progress of perfection by the creator.
Our government is much like Mark David Chapman …it does not trust God to lead us each individually, but spits and has scorn and measures each of us by their personal standards. We must find our way back to trusting GOD for each other and we measure ourselves. If not, we shall not survive. Love they neighbor (or those you meet on the street) as they self. Respect that each measures their own life against the rule of scripture, and if not , it is not your concern as to where God’s progress is with them.. Measure or contemplate your own life looking inward, as I do the same, measuring my own.
I will trust God for you, if you will please, trust god for me.
A kinder thing cannot be said of any man. John Lennon showed that trust in God of Mark David Chapman, but the same was not given in return.