post resurrection time, found this one on search after listening to God on drive to work this morning.
The main line, "God is a concept by which we measure our pain" just appeared to me in a different way in the context of all the world's hatred, including a good bit of religiously motivated hate.
I've never been a religious person, I have no problem with people that have deep faith either. To me, faith is exactly as John sang, a way to measure (for some) how you are doing. A barometer. A concept by which we measure our pain. Love that line.
By calling out all the names including Hitler, Jesus, Zimmerman, Elvis and of course the Beatles themselves, I believe he is just saying, we're all just people in the end, I think it is aligned well with the message in Imagine, just spun differently.