Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Happy Birthday to You....

Nearly missed Bono's birthday!

In celebration of the day a picture ~

And a quote ~

"Religion can be the enemy of God. It's often what happens when God, like Elvis, has left the building. A list of instructions where there was once conviction; dogma where once people just did it; a congregation led by a man where once they were led by the Holy Spirit. Discipline replacing discipleship."

Bono in conversation with Michka Assayas


Blogger Storkbryght said...

"a congregation led by a man where once they were led by the Holy Spirit. Discipline replacing discipleship."

Good quote. You need to send more of this kind of thing my way if you want me to get excited about Bono. :)

The presedential prayer breakfast thing was cool, but did not assuage my concern that he was more interested in social justice than in Jesus...

9:46 AM  
Blogger Joy said...

Here's another one:

"It's a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma."
The interviewer asks, What's that? "At the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics—in physical laws—every action is met by an equal or an opposite one," explains Bono. "And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that. . . . Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I've done a lot of stupid stuff."

1:29 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

Comment to storkbryght,
Matt 25: 37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

I think what you find with Bono is that his heart is in the right place. He just goes to great lengths to avoid the terminology of Christian culture.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Storkbryght said...

Hey Bryan.

Good to "meet" "the brother". :)

There's no question that social justice is a Gospel mandate.

But it's not big enough to be your only mandate. You can get social justice right but get Jesus wrong and end up in Hell (see Oprah).

I'm encouraged by Bono. We need more true followers of Jesus who can identify with our culture and still be salt and light.

I'm just wary of those whose only message seems to be the one aspect of the Gospel which is politically correct.

12:10 AM  
Blogger Bryan said...

No arguments here. I think Bono has done an exceptional job of building credibility through U2's music and his own actions. There's no one on the planet who gets as much airtime and eartime for issues that really matter.

For years Christians seemed to get the spiritual side of the gospel. For now the pendulum has swung to the opposite side. And, as bad as that sounds, I think we actually need it to be that way to reestablish some lost credibility.

That's where I'm at.


12:23 AM  

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