From the: “If you only read, listen to, or watch the MSM, then you probably missed this story” department.
THIS man is famous. WORLD famous. His birth name is Paul David Hewson.
You may well ask: “Who the heck is Paul David Hewson”? Well, perhaps you know him by his more recognized pseudonym:
Lead Singer for the über rock group, U2.
Seriously, it’s hard to imagine anyone who hasn’t heard of him. Even if you never followed the music, you should certainly remember his much heralded and well-reported missions to Africa.
What you MIGHT have missed were 2 recent stories about Bono: The Christian, and its powerful sequel, Bono: The Capitalist.
On June 25th, Bono was a guest on the “Focus on the Family” radio program. The entire interview is definitely worth reading, but this one excerpt stood out to me (emphasis mine):
Jim Daly of FOTF: So often those that struggle with accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior — it’s the idea that He’s the Messiah. In fact, you were asked about that by a journalist. How did you respond to that?
Bono: Jesus doesn’t let you off the hook. The Scriptures don’t let you off the hook so easily. So, Jesus died on a cross with “King of the Jews,” as the Messiah. In fact, if He’d just given that bit up, you know, [He] would not have had the crucifixion. And Pilate was saying it’s unnecessary. Everyone was, “this is kind of mad.” Because when people say, you know, “good teacher,” “prophet,” “really nice guy,” and this is not how Jesus thought of Himself.
So, you’re left with a challenge in that, which is either: Jesus was who He said He was, or a complete and utter nut case. You have to make a choice on that.
And I believe that Jesus was the Son of God.
I’d actually heard about this a few weeks back while listening to our local K-LOVE affiliate. Then I turned on the local news, …then the “other” MSM stations, …Radio, …TV, …
***insert sound of crickets chirping here***
Hmmm, why wouldn’t they report such a thing?
I guess Bono just didn’t “come out” with the appropriate type of news that fit the predetermined, MSM narrative.
Then one morning, I woke up to the following clip on ‘Fox and Friends’. The actual speech is nearly an hour in length (you can see it all HERE), but this segment really struck me:
Isn’t this news? In our hyper media-ized world, everything a celebrity says, does, wears or buys at the store is news these days. And here we have Bono, …BONO!…, saying in effect that Aid is a stop-gap, only, and Capitalism takes far more people out of poverty than Aid does.
***crickets begin chirping again, louder this time***
This message will still get out, whether or not the press ignores it. As a result, some folks will actually be inspired to examine these topics, perhaps for the first time. Minds which have heretofore been closed to the inherent truths of both Christianity and Capitalism will be opened.
And won’t that be A Beautiful Day?
Excellent post, PGH.
I’d heard about this, but hadn’t chased it down. Thanks so much for doing the digging for us…
Oh, and thanks for giving us the day “off”, too!
Always a pleasure bro! I’m SURE the MSM will pick this story up any moment now…
Waiting, …..waiting, …..any time now.
Zzzzzz zzz zzz zzz…
Glenn Beck talked about him the other day.
Nope, I’m not surprised… but that is because I have been following him (and the group) since the 80’s… 😉
Outside of fans like you, I would think that most had no idea!
He was considered a ‘liberal Christian’, bothered me for years… not that he cared about and strove to help others, but that he wanted to do it with socialistic type programs. I (this is my opinion of course, because I do not know him personally) think that his faith has grown deeper over the years. The Joshua Tree (1987) is their best album (IMO) and if one listens to the lyrics, it is easy to hear the message of Christ! 😀
I’ll stop at simply loving my brother for being a Christian… His compassion for those in need inspires me to do more in honor of the love that’s been given to me…
AMEN to that… his lifelong activism is inspiring 😀
“My house is full, but my fields are empty. WHO will go and work for me today?”
Teach.. By the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony…..
I’ve never followed U2, but I had heard several times that people thought Bono might be a Christian. I’m so glad to read this post, PGH–thanks very much!
It was fun to research and read his interview!
I’m with you teach, I was listening to “Gloria” just this morning. I danced to this in my youth, back then I thought it was about a girl, not God.
K dub… Check out Chris Tomlin’s. ” God’s great dance floor”! Rejoice, dance, and sing; for He is Lord!
oooh LOVE that song, been so long since I heard it, had to go look it up! 😀 Thanks kayedubya!
Gotta love the mullet!
I know, right!? I seriously DO love the mullet LOL and I don’t care if people make fun of me!
I had such a crush on BONO back in the day… *blush*
I dreamed of having a mullet once… Then I woke up and stared at bald spot….DOH!
Thanks for this article livinrightinpgh… and for the awesome conversation, FUN!
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Always liked their music.
A breath of fresh air in an otherwise polluted atmosphere. Thanks.
You are most welcome! Seriously, I’d love to hear what the Lefties are saying about this, but they remain unusually silent on it! Wonder why?
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. … Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.”
– C.S. Lewis
Bono is in great company with Lewis – Jesus left us only those two choices – he cannot be a “great teacher”.
Awesome comment, Greg…..and THANK YOU for it!
The “Great Teacher” tag is such a cop-out. It’s the sort of lukewarm statement that would be spewed out. As you state: we have 2, and ONLY 2, choices. And EVERY person will be judged by the choice that they make.