John Lennon said something stupid in 1966, and Christians have publicly protested The Beatles ever since. [NOTE: I know many Jesus folk that consider “White Album” to be among the holy grails in their collection, but that opinion is never shared publicly.] He said to the London Evening Standard…
“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
Hey, at least he was forgiven for it… eh, last month. So, I wonder how long the stain from this story will last?
Popularity is something you extol – in a dumb, shortsighted type of way. Fame, on the other hand, is something that is heaped upon you. And like turds in a shovel being hurled into the trash, some people let that fame collect on their shoulders like dandruff.
In a sample of 1,600 under-10s, the TV personality was the top answer to the question: “Who is the most famous person in all the world?” God and the Queen ran a close second and third.
You would think Christmas would up the anty there, and God would have skewed a little higher, but then again if that were true, Simon would be more famous than Santa Claus. And how would you like that tool delivering your presents? There would be such a shortage of coal in this county, Greenpeace would throw a party!
I wonder if God would hold a Karaoke night in heaven? That may increase his awareness on YouTube at least. It worked for Sanjaya and William Hung. “He-bangs”, anyone?