Friday, September 26, 2008

Thoughts on Bono's Thoughts

Okay try not
 to flog me whilst reading the following: Yes, I am a fan of U2. I mean come on, if you like rock how can you not like U2? And yes, I do believe personally that Bono is a Christian. Yeah yeah, I know that most of us think he's just some weird environmentalist who seeks for the betterment of humanity only for tax cuts. I don't think so. What spurred up this random declaration of devotion to Bono and his clan? Well I recently finished an amazing book called Reason for God by Tim Keller. It's somewhat along the lines of Lee Strobel's works, just far less wordier. Anyway, apparently he's apart of the Bono sect of believers as well. I felt it would put Bono in a new light to post what Keller cited in his book, an excerpt of an interview with Michka Assayas:
Assayas: Christ has his rank among the world's great thinkers. But Son of God, isn't that far-fetched?

Bono: No, it's not far-fetched to me. Look, the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: He was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius. But actually Christ doesn't allow you that. He doesn't let you off that hook. Christ says 'No, I'm not saying I'm a teacher, don't call me teacher. I'm not saying I'm a prophet. I'm saying I'm the Messiah. I'm saying I am God incarnate.' And people say: No, no, please, just be a prophet. A prophet we can take. You're a bit eccentric. We've had John the Baptist eating locusts and wild honey, we can handle that. But don't mention the "M" word! Because, you know, we're gonna have to crucify you. And he goes: No, no, I know you're expecting me to come back with an army and set you free from these creeps, but actually I am the Messiah. At this point, everyone starts staring at their shoes, and says: Oh, my God, he's gonna keep saying this. So what you're left with is either Christ was who He said He was - the Messiah - or a complete nutcase. I mean, we're talking nutcase on the level of Charles Manson... I'm not joking here. The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside-down by a nutcase, for me that's far-fetched..."
I definitely agree, Bono. And as always and even more, you rock.

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