Imagine There’s No Weapons

Things have only gotten worse since 1980 when it comes to weapons and violence, including accidental and intentional killings of innocent children. This is a picture of John Lennon’s blood-spattered glasses which he wore the day he was killed.

Here’s a little lyrical tribute I’ve written to John, to be sung to the tune of his classic hit— Imagine.

“Imagine there’s no weapons
It’s easy if you try,
Nothing to kill or maim for,
And no good reason why
Imagine all the people living like they pray.

“Imagine there’s no nukes
It isn’t hard to do,
No threat of annihilation
Swords into plowshares too.
Imagine all the people living life in peace.

“You may say I’m just a dreamer,
But I’m not the only one,
Isaiah saw all this coming
And the new creation won.

“Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people Sharing peace and joy.

“You may say I’m a dreamer,
But I’m not the only one,
MLK urged us to this,
There’s still much to be done.”

BW3 April 4th ’13 (45 years after MLK’s death)

  • Joshua Lawson

    Very nice, brother!

  • Oscar

    There have been over 2,400,000 alcohol related deaths since 1980, and 1,024,000 deaths in vehicle accidents in that same time frame. Alcohol played a large part in BOTH firearms deaths AND vehicle deaths. Take the booze out of the equation and the totals plummet. Human beings have a great capacity for killing each other, always have and always will, till Christ returns and His kingdom is established on the earth. Come quickly!

  • Ben Witherington

    You’re right about all that Oscar. But neither alcohol nor automobiles are purpose built for killing, unlike guns and bullets. BW3

  • Danny Dawson

    Abuse of alcohol kills, intended use of weapons kills. (I would exempt hunting from this, but the intent is to kill, just a matter of what animal – deer, fowl, or humans) Any intended use of a gun should come with some level of regret that it had to be used for its intended use. Even if a gun is used in self-defense, we should all at least wish there could or might have been another way.

  • John

    the place we’re trying to imagine is Heaven which Lennon didn’t want us to believe in, I cringe every time I hear this song

  • Y

    I don’t believe that we have to continue to kill until we’re all dead. In The Lord’s Prayer, we pray, “Thy will be done, on EARTH, as it is in heaven.” We have to stop waiting for a second coming. We need to work toward peace now.

  • Meltem Ciftci

    I liked this post a lot Ben. Thanks for sharing.



  • Nils

    Beautiful tribute to MLK 45 years after his passing. Very timely in the light of the current North Korea madness too.