With all due respect to John Lennon, a legend, icon and musical genius, whenever I hear his song "Imagine," it bristles me. It has become a mantra of many young people who deliberate on it religiously, and it has been performed by numerous artists as a hymn of healing and closure. Its overall message, however subtle it may be, proclaims anti-establishment, anti-Christian sentiments, and preaches humanism, agnosticism and self-promotion. And although Lennon's purpose is to encourage unity and peace, the undergirding theme, I feel, suggests pacifism and noncompliance to beliefs and principles I have held dear throughout my life. We, as God-fearing Americans, need to be more sensitive to the messages we promote and cherish if we are to hope for divine intervention during these challenging, faith-based times.

George H. Zinn

Salt Lake City