“Imagine” – No Responsibility

0e26e5937d263c4fa090235700985926“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…”

That is the last verse of John Lennon’s dreamy tune we have been focusing on in this series. Here we are going to look at a world with no possessions. Possessions are supposedly those nasty things that lead to greed by some and hunger for others. Possessions also happen to be God’s idea. From the beginning God gave mankind “dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28) He gave to Abraham and his descendents “all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession…” (Genesis 17:8) God blessed the patriarchs with great possessions of flocks and all needful things. (Genesis 24:1; 26:12-14; 31:1-21)

It seems once again that Mr. Lennon is at odds with God. John is enthralled by the idea of no ownership, no possessions. For well-to-do dreamers like Lennon was it appears on the surface to be a very sacrificial position. But in reality it is nothing more than an attempt to dig a hole in the ground and bury their own personal responsibility. “Then he who had received the one talent came and said… “I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground.” (see Matthew 25:14-30) With our possessions (really all belongs to Him) there comes a God-given obligation to use them according to His will. The dreamers will not accept the all belongs to Him, the God-given or the His will part. Other than that…

Continuing in Matthew (25:31-46) Jesus makes clear that those who have – are expected to meet the needs of those without. It is also clear that these directives are given to us as individuals and not as a secular commune (state). Another truth taught here is that how each of us responds to the needful gives evidence of where we stand with Christ. We are to be conduits through which the life and love of the Lord are shed abroad. Our time, talents and treasures are to be “sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” (II Timothy 2:21) That is our responsibility.

Where do the dreamers stand? Not with Christ. You see, they just want everyone to grow potatoes, harvest them, and bring them to the “leaders” of the commune. (Which would give the leaders possession of the potatoes, would it not?) After the communal heads (the State) keep most of the taters for themselves, the rest are “benevolently” distributed equally to the people.

Can you “imagine” that? And again, we don’t have to do we? The 20th century (and today) provides all the evidence we need to know how commune(ism) always turns out. The responsibility of the individual is either voluntarily given to or taken by the State (communal entity) sans God. And the potato bins – they always end up empty.

To dear John and all his dreamers: Possessions are not the problem. The possessors are the problem. How foolish to think no or equal possessions will eliminate the greed and the need of a fallen world. How disingenuous to bewail the misfortunes of the world while evading your own personal responsibilities and seeking to empower some governing body in your stead. How disastrous your one worldism has been and yet you dream…yet you dream.

Next: “Imagine” – No Diversity

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