In 1968, the British group The Beatles released a flamboyant and provocative song with lyrics that started with these lines:
“You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world…”
What an extremely perceptive song!
John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote a song which fit perfectly into the volatile year of 1968.
Some of the events of that year made it seem as if the world was teetering on the bring of a worldwide collapse or upheaval.
Here are a few things that transpired in 1968:
- The Tet Offensive in early 1968 was a military success, but a domestic failure; the news anchor Walter Cronkite came out against the war in Vietnam, and President Johnson decided to draw down American military forces in Southeast Asia.
- Secondly, in April of 1968, the young minister / leader of the Civil Rights Movement – the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. – was assassinated while ministering in Memphis, Tennessee
- Thirdly, Senator Robert F. “Bobby” Kennedy was assassinated shortly after he won the California primary in June of 1968
- Fourth, the Democratic Party’s Convention for the purpose of nominating their party’s representative to run for President of The United States (the convention was held in Chicago, IL) exploded into a mass of confusion both internally and externally (the police used riot gear to restore order).
- Finally, there was student and college unrest in France – and in China, Chairman Mao’s Communist party was in the second (II) year of the Cultural Revolution.
It appeared that the world was going topsy-turvy!
Over the last few weeks we have been exploring how a Christian – and those who are in favor of a “Judeo-Christian” value system – should combat the forces of evil.
Should a Christian engage in (1.) Repentance, (2.) Reform, or (3.) Revolution?
The next stanza in The Beatles song Revolution proclaims that
“…But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right all right, all right…”
Fortunately for all of us The Beatles used their influence in a positive and constructive manner by denouncing violence.
In the next article, I would like to briefly look at some of the more famous revolutions – the War for Independence in 1776; the French Revolution (1790); the American Civil War (1860 to 1865); and contrast theses with the worldwide revolution of Christianity that has been taking place for nearly 2,000 years!
JESUS CHRIST was the ultimate revolutionary and His truth is sill marching forward in 2015.