Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Bono's Confession of Faith

Jeffrey Overstreet posts on his blog, Looking Closer Journal, an excerpt from a new book, Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas. In the chapter Overstreet quotes from, Assayas challenges the frontman for the band U2 on what he believes: . . .

Assayas: The son of God who takes away the sins of the world. I wish I could believe in that.

Bono: But I love the idea of the Sacrificial Lamb. I love the idea that God says:
Look, you cretins, there are certain results to the way we are, to selfishness, and there's mortality as part of your very sinful nature, and let's face it, you're not living a very good life, are you? There are consequences to actions. The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death. That's the point. It should keep us humbled... It's not our own good works that get us through the gates of Heaven.

Assayas: That's a great idea, no denying it. Such great hope is wonderful, even though it's close to lunacy, in my view. Christ has his rank among the world's great thinkers. But Son of God, isn't that farfetched?

Bono: No, it's not farfetched to me. 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 Christ doesn't allow you that. He doesn't let you off that hook. Christ says,
No. 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." And people say: No, no, please, just be a prophet. A prophet we can take. You're a bit eccentric. We've had John the Baptist eating locusts and wild honey, we can handle that. But don't mention the "M" word! Because, you know, we're gonna have to crucify you. And he goes: No, no, I know you're expecting me to come back with an army and set you free from these creeps, but actually I am the Messiah. At this point, everyone starts staring at their shoes, and says: Oh, my God, he gonna keep saying this. So what you're left with is either Christ was who He said He was—the Messiah—or a complete nutcase. I mean, we're talking nutcase on the level of Charles Manson. This man was like some of the people we've been talking about earlier. This man was strapping himself to a bomb, and had "King of the Jews" on his head, and as they were putting him up on the Cross, was going: OK, martyrdom, here we go. Bring on the pain! I can take it. I'm not joking here. 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...

Hat tip to Bunnie Diehl: If you don't like it, just go away via World Magazine Blog.


At Wednesday, July 13, 2005 8:58:00 AM, Anonymous Tim In VT said...

Bono had me until he compared Christ to suicide bombers. Suicide bombers kill themselves AND others to get their point across (if you can call it that). They use murder (of self and others)to manipulate circumstances and to force others to deal with their groups. Christ allowed himself to be sacrificed for others. He put himself in the place that we deserved for our actions. He did so out of love for us, not out of a fanatical devotion to an insane and brutal belief system. Even a cursory comparison of the New Testament and the Quran will show the vast difference between the love of Christ (which he requires of his followers) and the fanaticism of Mohammed.

As to Bono himself. I was thrilled to hear that he had given his life to Christ (as we should be whenever anyone makes this critical decision). But I am disturbed at some of his statements and actions. He seems to be using his celebrity status with a Christian "add-on". Not to get too legalistic, but his language (obscenities) is a poor reflection of the spirit of a Christian. That being said, he is a younger brother in Christ and I hope to see him mature to a point where he could use his celebrity in a possitive manner to advance the Kingdom.


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