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Beatles Theology

    January 10, 2022 by Linda Opp
    One of our seminary professors often said, “All truth is God's truth,” and its corollary, “Truth is where you find it.”
    We like to divide life into the sacred and the secular. That's a useful distinction in some ways, but in other ways it's artificial. God has embedded his creation with truth. Every person is made in his image. Therefore, God's truth shows up in unexpected places. You just have to pay attention.
    A documentary about the Beatles was recently released – yes, those Beatles. The documentary, entitled “The Beatles: Get Back,” begins in 1969, when the band hadn't played live shows in two years and hadn't spent time together since. Now they had a plan to write an entire album, rehearse the new songs, and play a live show for television. They recorded the whole process.
    Making the album was a struggle. Because they hadn't been together in two years, the friendships had suffered. Cracks that were already present in the group began to widen. They eventually performed a live rooftop concert, but fifty years later historians see this as the beginning of the end of the Beatles. That may or may not grieve you, but that's not the point.
    Which brings us to God's truth and a quote by Paul McCartney, of all people, from the documentary footage: “We’d cooled it because we were not playing together. 'Cause we lived together when we played together. We were in the same hotel, up at the same time every morning, all day. As long as you’re this close all day, so something grows. And then when you’re not this close, just physically, something goes. Actually musically, we can play better than we’ve ever been able to play. You know, we’re all right on that. It’s just that being together thing.”
    There it is - “...when you're this close all day, something grows... and when you're not this close … something goes.” That's God's truth from a secular thinker. And it's absolutely true for all our relationships, for the body of Christ, and for our individual and corporate relationship with God.
    In fact, Paul McCartney's observation sounds an awful lot like Hebrews 10:24-25: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
    Relationships die for a lot of reasons. Neglect, selfishness, unresolved conflict, dishonesty, taking people for granted. One thing we've learned in the last couple of years is that isolation is also a relationship killer. When we don't spend time with people who are important to us, something dies. We need interaction in order to grow together, in spite of the inherent challenges. Togetherness nurtures spiritual and emotional health, as well as the unity required to advance God's kingdom, and increasingly around the world, to withstand persecution.
    “That being together thing.” The lack of it was the beginning of the end of the Beatles. May it not be true for God's people.

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