Thursday, November 03, 2005

what christian's can learn from bono

i love what jann wenner wrote in the rolling stone interview with bono, after spending ten hours with him.

"The story of Bono and his band is a story of commitment to one another -- after twenty-nine years, they remain a remarkably stable unit -- and to the greater causes of social justice on which Bono has staked his reputation. Bono gives us a vision of how tomorrow can be better than today. He appeals to something greater than ourselves. He tells the story of his life and struggles in terms everyone can understand. He speaks about faith in a way that even a nonbeliever can embrace. 'The New York Times Magazine' called him 'a one-man state who fills his treasury with the global currency of fame . . . the most politically effective figure in the recent history of popular culture...' Bono is the rare major artist who speaks of his life and work with candor and transparency."

the interview was broken up into three sections: growing up, a musical education, a spiritual life

what is it about bono that causes jann to say "He speaks about faith in a way that even a nonbeliever can embrace?" what can we learn from bono? probably a lot, but let me share just a couple of things.

1. one can exercise their prophetic calling as a musician in the mainstream
2. long term commitment to a team of people
3. honesty, candor and authenticity
4. that God is at the center, we are either running from him (the blues) or running toward him (gospel)
5. that social justice weighs heavier on God's heart than what tends to be important in the christian ghetto

u2 sermons is a cool look into the heart and soul of u2, get off your knees looks like a great read, i'll let you know. my friend rudy carrasco did an interesting interview with beth maynard one of the authors of the book in which eugene peterson wrote the forward.


At 6:09 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Hey thanks for the link(s)!

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Michael Durand said...

did you u read the recent nytimes mag article on bono quoted in your quote, jr? very very cool...

At 3:59 PM, Blogger J.R. Woodward said...

yeah man, it is great to see how bono has awakened people's heart to care. that is political action.

At 11:19 PM, Blogger john chandler said...

Thanks for the link. I'm always fascinated hearing Bono's views and his story.

At 8:33 PM, Blogger Katie B said...

I was encouraged to read this. Bono strikes a chord in me. It's like, I almost feel guilty agreeing with him because he doesn't fit our idea of what a believer looks like. And yet, he seems exactly the type that Jesus would've hung out with. I recently went to their concert in Dallas and I was moved. I pray that Christians will move now for Africa instead of waiting until the rest of the world has gotten there first. I guess it starts with me...


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