Lots of interesting talk about an interview that U2 frontman Bono gave to the President of Focus on the Family. The folks over at Christianity Today posted some comments in their “Gleanings” section. You can check that out here. You can also see the Religious News Service take on the conversation here.
Mixing celebrity and faith is always an interesting thing. We wander so close to a kind of faulty appeal to authority sometimes. Bono, of course, has been doing this for a while, his work in other countries through the ONE program. This week in my summer school class we’re talking about persuasive speaking, and he definitely seems to have the appeal of ethos down.
Two comments: I love what he says about joining God where He is already working, that such a work is “blessed.” It’s an echo from Experiencing God all those years ago. And it’s a good truth to wrestle with, especially in our age of distance and distraction. And then there’s this:
“It’s very annoying following this person of Christ around, because he’s very demanding of your life,” he said while chuckling. “You don’t have to go to university and do a Ph.D. to understand this stuff. You just go to the person of Christ.”
I miss hearing about that Jesus, the one who is demanding and uncomfortable. The one who reaches out to people in all walks of life.
I’m looking forward to hearing more of the interview.