It has been almost 50 years since the Beatles appeared on the stage of the Ed Sullivan show. The band went on to have 27 songs that made it to number one on the charts. Their songs are part of history. But what if the hit songs of the Beatles had been written to teach biblical truth? Imagine if George, Paul, Ringo and John had sung theology . . .
I Want To Hold Your Hand – “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
In My Life – “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
Please Please Me – “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men” (Ephesians 6:7).
I Saw Her Standing There – “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy” (Proverbs 31:20).
Ticket To Ride – “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
Hello, Goodbye – “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:22-23)
Drive My Car – “For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end” (Psalm 48:14).
Let It Be – “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13).
Penny Lane – “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on” (Luke 21:3-4).
Come Together – “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).
The Beatles could have focused on theology AND kept their song titles! I wish people could enjoy these familiar songs and be reminded of God. There are so many people in the world that appreciate the value of a creative song, but do not value the One who is the Creator. The Beatles were one of the most popular bands of all time and their music had international appeal.
Christians could learn a few lessons from the Beatles’ success. Beatles music compelled people to listen, to dance and to think about the lyrics. Their music brought joy, excitement and a sense of community to everyone who shared an appreciation for the message. The band drew enormous crowds and appealed to almost everyone at some level. They sang their songs to deliver a message and give joy to those who listened.
God’s people have great news to share. Could it be we should reevaluate the way we are delivering our message? God’s truth should compel people to listen, give them joy and make them think. But God’s truth needs to impact each of us and then through us, reach the world.
How do you deliver God’s truth? Are there ways you might be more creative, exciting and compelling? After all, we have a great message! One day we will all sing, Here Comes The Sun (Son). We are going to heaven and have been guaranteed that there will be Strawberry Fields Forever. This life is a Long and Winding Road but others will live forever in heaven if we will walk that road faithfully. Jesus simply requests A Little Help From My Friends.