18 May 2010

Bill Hybels & Bono 1

Author: Bobby Valentine | Filed under: Contemporary Ethics, Kingdom, Music, Politics

If you are over the age of 50 the name “Bono” or “U2” may have no meaning to you at all. But I am fairly sure that those who are younger than 45 and came of “age” in the 1980s, 1990s and beyond then these names are known better than the Vice President, Speaker of the House and a host of other lights. I have loved U2 since I became aware of them when “Joshua Tree” came out. I neither understood nor appreciated the depth of meaning in the music then. But I do now. Bono is a gadfly. He makes some Christians squirm and others want to praise God. He has something to say and I encourage you to listen to his voice. May we have eyes to see and ears to hear.

2 Responses to “Bill Hybels & Bono 1”

  1. Steve Says:

    Your post caused me to think about the first time I heard of U2 and to look up an old video by them. It was around 1981 or so. There was a precursor to MTV that played some evenings. They played the same dozen songs or so for months if memory serves me. The U2 video was “Gloria”. Here it is:


    Their signature style is there. Those guys sure are young.

  2. Adam Gonnerman Says:

    I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the way he talked about “the church.” Though I know he meant the established church that seeks to protect its interests and perpetuate its own interests, there are countless people who identify with the life and message of Jesus who are daily on the front lines of the battle against human degradation. Having traveled as much as he has I’d think Bono would not only know this but have the wits to acknowledge these folks.

    His last point regarding the Lord’s prayer was well-put and reminiscent of things N.T. Wright says. Indeed too much of modern Christianity is all about pie-in-the-sky, in ways Christ and the apostles never intended.

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