In the years after The Beatles broke-up John, Paul, George, and Ringo all had solo careers, some had more chart toppers than others. John Lennon would go on to record songs with Yoko Ono that contained what he felt were important messages. Songs like Imagine and War is Over (So This is Christmas) hit the airways in 1971 and were anti-establishment, anti-democracy, and anti-religious (specifically against established Christianity). John seemed to think that he and others including is long-time friend Paul McCartney should use their lyrics to change society into what they wanted it to be.
One purported story is that John complained to Paul that song writers of the day were writing too many songs about love and that too many already existed. The story goes on to tell Paul’s response was to write and release the hit, Silly Love Songs, in 1976. I don’t know if the story is true, but the irony of the success of Silly Love Songs is fantastic.
Sinclair Lewis’ character Elmer Gantry repeatedly preached about love in the novel Elmer Gantry. It was about the only sermon he had, and although, he was a showman and not much of a devoted Christian, the message rings true. God’s divine love shown through Christ was and continues to draw us to God.
The apostle Paul recorded, “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2Co 5:14-15).
He also states that our greatest motivation is our love (1 Corinthians 13).
We need more love songs, not about husbands and wives or boyfriends and girlfriends, but about our love for God and his love for us.
I was a part of this recording –