More Bono and Jesus

No, they’re not hanging out together, but one of them does like to talk about the other a lot, if you give him the chance. This Acculturated post features some quotes on faith from The Sunglass’d One along with some speculation about his walk with Christ:

I suspect Bono has retained his faith because as an artist he’s never fully given into the dominant cultural expression of our age; it’s the same awful impulse that makes us too eager to tear people down. A big clue is found in the song, “Until the End of the World.” For the lyrics, Bono took inspiration from the Irish poet Brendan Kennelly, who had written a book of poems from the perspective of Judas. “We ate the food, we drank the wine / Everybody having a good time / Except you / You were talking about the end of the world.” The clear implication here is that Judas Iscariot’s greatest crime, after the betrayal of Jesus Christ, is that he was a cynic. Surely some theologian made this point before Bono came along, but it’s still a surprisingly profound bit of pop theology. And the fact that Bono is able to make such a knowing and even empathetic commentary about history’s greatest monster in the context of a heavily commodified art form—that speaks as much to Bono’s craft and artistry as it does to his faith.

So go ahead and crack unfair jokes about his supposed messianic complex, or otherwise insist that as a self-identified Christian, Bono is bound to standards that few of us could live up to. Along these lines, there’s another old joke that’s been uttered by many a cynical music fan: Christian rock is neither. There’s some truth in that observation, but even the cynics among us would have a hard time looking at U2′s career without conceding that Bono’s pretty good at being a rock star who happens to be Christian.

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