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?
Midweek Meditation: Aging Saints and Paradigm Shifts
Several years ago I heard a pastor use the quote, “Doing the same thing over and over again in the same way, and expecting different results, is the definition of insanity.” And although I’ve found tracking down its original author to be hopeless, I have found plenty of appropriate times to apply the quotation.
However, upon reflection, I think ‘insanity‘ may be too strong a word. Call it foolishness instead. For instance, I’ve pointed out to piano students that practicing the same phrase over and over in the same way (i.e., without stopping to correct the mistake) and expecting to be able to play it correctly, is foolish.
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