More Popular Than Jesus

It’s just over 51 years ago (March 4, 1966) that John Lennon made the observation, based on the attendance at church in England and the attention the Beatles were getting, that they were more popular than Jesus. This created a firestorm of criticism from people of faith. But the quote was often lifted out of context. Lennon went on to say: “Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

There it is for us to see and consider: How do I spin the gospel? Who am I preventing from experiencing Jesus? Instead of being so quick to criticize a rock star, what good might have come had Christians been a bit more willing to consider the age-old destructive power of religiously-induced hypocrisy? We don’t need to be down on ourselves; we just need to take advantage of the invitation to be self-reflective … and that’s what Lent is all about.

May this continue to be a holy and contemplative season for you as we make our way toward Easter.

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.