Saturday, January 23, 2021

George Orwell, John Lennon, and Real Life

Do you believe George Orwell’s prophecies[1] that our world will become increasingly under the domination and rule of big brother? What about John Lennon’s imaginary world[2] where there’s no heaven, no hell, no countries, no religion, no killing or dying, just a brotherhood that makes “the world live as one”?

It doesn’t matter if we have a pessimistic view of a world ruled by big brother or an optimistic view of a world ruled by an unrealistic brotherhood, the same thing is missing. The God who created man in his own image and likeness is gathering to himself a people of his very own that he can restore to the image and likeness of his Son and no one can stop him.

Let’s consider what Jesus promised to do throughout all the course of history that makes both the Orwellian and Lennonian worldviews incomplete in a heading-in-a-deadly-wrong-direction kind of way.

When Jesus was telling his disciples about what he was doing, he summarized it like this: “on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”[3]

On the rock-solid faith of that band of disciples, Jesus would build his church. It would be “the household of God”, “a holy temple in the Lord,” “a dwelling place for God by his Spirit.”[4] And, because it would be Jesus doing the building, this will continue taking place all the way through the last days no matter how many big brothers and brotherhoods are attempted.

The problem with both Orwell and Lennon is that they were dead to their Creator. Their worldviews leave out the one person who makes reality what it is.

On the Orwellian side, big brother cannot stop Jesus from building his church even under the most severe dictatorships and totalitarianism the world has ever seen. The church that flourished in the evil’s of the Roman Empire, the sinfulness of the Jewish religion, and the fairy tale world of Greek and Roman mythologies, is flourishing in countries that are trying the big brother method of stamping it out.

On the Lennonian side, there is no loving brotherhood that will ever get along so well apart from knowing and loving Jesus our Creator that the whole of humanity will unite under such a banner. There will always be people in the world that are hearing Jesus’ voice and following him where he leads, and they will never be satisfied with the Christless world of a fading Beatlemania.

In God’s Book he states the distinction like this: “Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.”[5]

Even though evil men and nations do appear to put God’s children to shame by taking their land and houses, putting them in prison, disowning them from families, denigrating them to the lowest castes of society, or even broadcasting their beheadings for all the world to see, and even though evil people and nations seem to get away with their prideful celebrations of sin, God has decreed the final act of the play.

When Jesus returns to gather those who belong to him, those who trusted in him will not be put to shame, while those who willingly worked against the divine plan will be ashamed forever. At one and the same time, Jesus’ brotherhood will enter into his joy for eternity, while,

the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hide themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”[6]

It doesn’t matter whether the world of the time has achieved more of an Orwellian big brother totalitarianism that has horribly persecuted Jesus’ church for refusing to bow to its deception, or more of a Lennonian brotherhood that has denounced and oppressed Jesus’ church for refusing to let the world ride its yellow submarine into Utopian oblivion, all who have rejected Jesus the Creator, no matter whether leader or follower, will cower at the appearing of the unstoppable Savior who comes as King and Judge of all.

There is coming a time that, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”[7]

Everyone who bullied or believed the big brother lie will bow before Jesus and confess that Orwell was wrong and Jesus the Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords. Everyone who bullied or believed the imaginary brotherhood will bow before Jesus and confess that Lennon was wrong, there can be no unity apart from Christ, and the Son of God is King of kings and Lord of lords forever.

When Jesus was introduced to the world, he came with this description: “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”[8]

Both Orwellian and Lennonian movements have tried to stomp out Jesus’ church. However, since Jesus is the one building it, and in him is the light of life, “he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”[9]

And, with Jesus himself interceding for those he is saving, not even the gates of hell can stop him from building his church. The only issue for you is whether you are joining Jesus in his work.


© 2021 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8


Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)


[1] Referring to George Orwell’s book, 1984, published in 1949.

[2] Referring to John Lennon’s song, Imagine, presented in the album by the same name in 1971.

[3] Matthew 16:18

[4] All of this is found in Ephesians 2:11-22.

[5] Psalm 25:3

[6] Revelation 6:15-17

[7] Philippians 2:10-11

[8] John 1:4-5

[9] Hebrews 7:25 (NIV)

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