Blogging about Bono and Jesus

Too uninspired to write anything about herself or spiritual formation, she hunts up an old article where Bono talks about his Christian faith. Here’s the last half of the article:

3-August-2005 — Catholic News Agency

INFLUENTIAL EVANGELIST: U2’S BONO MAKES STRONG STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF CHRIST

NEW YORK, USA, August 3 (CNA) – … But now, in an interview published in the new book Bono in Conversation by Michka Assayas,… Bono talks about the difference between Karma and Grace, a difference which he says, is a “mind blowing concept…that keeps me on my knees.” “At the center of all religions” Bono tells his skeptical interviewer, “is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics-in physical laws-every action is met by an equal or an opposite one.”“And yet,” he says, “along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that. . . . Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff.”Unwilling to divulge the “stuff” in question, Bono admits “I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge…It doesn’t excuse my mistakes, but I’m holding out for Grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don’t have to depend on my own religiosity.”Later in the interview, the musician seems to take a page from C.S. Lewis, the famous British author and theologian, who wrote the famous “Lord, liar, or lunatic” discourse. He says, “Look, the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: He was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius.” “But actually”, he says, “Christ doesn’t allow you that. He doesn’t let you off that hook.”

“Christ says, No,” Bono continues. “I’m not saying I’m a teacher, don’t call me teacher. I’m not saying I’m a prophet. I’m saying: ‘I’m the Messiah.’ I’m saying: ‘I am God incarnate.’ . . . So what you’re left with is either Christ was who He said He was-the Messiah-or a complete nutcase. . . . The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside-down by a nutcase, for me that’s farfetched.”

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6 thoughts on “Blogging about Bono and Jesus

  1. “She only lapses into 3rd person when she’s imitating Gollum.”
    Now that’s “precious”and hilarious!!!

    As for Bono’s comments, I would simply say that given his understanding of grace, he appears to be sincere in his convictions, either way, that’s between God and him.

    Grace and peace be with you.

  2. I’m not crazy about how Bono draws attention to himself, but I sure admire his willingness to profess his faith.

    Longing: I like that someone other than weirdos (pink haired ladies and line their pockets prosperity preachers) speaks about his or her faith in a public way.

  3. A complete nutcase? If Jesus, after two thousand years, is still the most talked about figure in the history of humankind, either we must know something about the truth or we’re the real nutcase here.

  4. “ssssssssssssalient”..that’s a big word for my little brain @ this time of the day….

    (side note here)…my new goal is to keep my blog postings @ 350 word count or less :-)…I love it when someone gives me constructive feedback and does it graciously….danka..

    Longing: I was preaching to myself with that advice! You know, I am typically long winded (I know you know by my emails…), but because of trying to keep my blogs short, I think that some of my best writing ever is on this site! As we say in business: KISS. Keep it short and simple!

  5. She would do well to post the first half of that article too…we likes it……Yessssssssssss we does

    Longing: Thanks you, my preciousssss! But she wanted to get right to the ssssalient pointsss. (to keep the blog short… as you recalls).

  6. Do you always talk in 3rd person like this when you blog? I guess I could read your other stuff, but my time is limited. Interesting article though. Bono is somewhat of an enigma. I love Englishmen/Scots/Irish who like their ale and can discuss any topic eloquently.

    Longing: She only lapses into 3rd person when she’s imitating Gollum.

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