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Bono Talks Jesus With Focus On The Family's Jim Daley

 

Religion News Service | By SARAH PULLIAM BAILEYPosted: 06/24/2013 2:39 pm EDT | Updated: 06/24/2013 2:55 pm EDT

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Bono: David sang the blues and Jesus did some punk rock

 

(RNS) U2 frontman Bono exchanged Bible references and bantered about music, theology and evangelicals’ role in AIDS activism in a recent radio interview with Focus on the Family President Jim Daly.

Growing up in Ireland with a Protestant mother and a Catholic father, Bono imitated C.S. Lewis in “Mere Christianity,” where Lewis argued that Jesus was a lunatic, liar or Lord.

 

“When people say ‘Good teacher,’ ‘Prophet,’ ‘Really nice guy,’ … this is not how Jesus thought of himself,” Bono said. “So, you’re left with a challenge in that, which is either Jesus was who he said he was or a complete and utter nut case.”

 

“And I believe that Jesus was, you know, the Son of God,” Bono said, according to a transcript provided to Religion News Service. “I understand that for some people and we need to … if I could be so bold, need to be really, really respectful to people who find that ridiculous.”

In the interview that will be broadcast on Tuesday (June 25), Bono made comparisons between biblical characters and music.

 

“First of all, David’s a musician so I’m gonna like him,” Bono said. “What’s so powerful about the Psalms are, as well as they’re being gospel and songs of praise, they are also the Blues. It’s very important for Christians to be honest with God, which often, you know, God is much more interested in who you are than who you want to be.”

As Bono praised David’s “honest language with God,” Daly noted that “sometimes it gets you into hot water with the more orthodox folks, because they see you as edgy, maybe too edgy at times.”

It’s a criticism that Bono’s used to hearing.

 

“You’ve gotta be very careful that grace and politeness do not merge into a banality of behavior, where we’re just nice, sort of ‘death by cupcake,’” Bono said. “Politeness is, you know, is a wonderful thing. Manners are in fact, really important thing. But remember, Jesus didn’t have many manners as we now know.”

 

Bono recalled the section in Luke 9 when Jesus told a man not to wait and bury his father but to follow Jesus immediately. Daly responded to Bono’s summary, “Seems cold-hearted.”

Bono replied, “No, seems punk rock to me. He could see right into that fellow’s heart. He knew he wasn’t coming and he was just, it was pretense. We’ve gotta be a bit more cutting edge, not look to the signs of righteousness. Look to the actions.”

Bono made an explicit connection between his faith and his work with the ONE Campaign, the humanitarian organization he founded to fight poverty and disease.

“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.”

 

Daly threw a C.S. Lewis quote at Bono: “When a man is getting better, he understands more and more clearly the evil that’s left in him. When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less.” Bono jokingly replied, “Yeah, that could turn up on the next U2 album, but I won’t give him or you any credit.”

 

In his work on HIV/AIDS, malaria, poverty and other areas, Bono noted the challenge of finding the right issue to take on.

“We have a pastor who said to us, ‘Stop asking God to bless what you’re doing, Bono.’ Which by the way, I constantly do. He said, ‘Find out what God is doing, ’cause it’s already blessed,’” Bono said. “And when you align yourself with God’s purpose as described in the Scriptures, something special happens to your life. You’re in alignment.”

Most of the 9 million HIV/AIDS victims who were saved are alive because of treatments funded by the U.S., Bono said.

“I am here to thank the American people for that,” he said. “And I also want to thank the evangelical community for that, because it wouldn’t have happened without their leadership, because they like myself, pestered George Bush and the administration, who actually deserve praise for starting this out.”

 

He compared HIV/AIDS to biblical stories of leprosy.

“People don’t understand in that Scripture, the Samaritan was at odds with the ideology of the person he stopped on the road for. This is why we call it The ONE Campaign,” he said. “You and I can have many disagreements on many philosophical, theological things. But on this we know we can agree on.”

Daly said he expects potential blowback from Focus listeners who might see Bono as unorthodox.

“Does he use a bad word here and there? Yeah, probably. Does he have a Guinness every now and then? Yeah, probably,” Daly said. “When you look at it before the throne of God, I think (God will) say, ‘You saved so many children.’”

 

Daly said his predecessor James Dobson might not have done an interview with Bono, but Dobson did get blowback for having Dr. Laura Schlessinger on his program because she is Jewish.

“Bono clearly accepts Jesus as Lord. I wasn’t prepared for his quickness in inserting Scripture into the dialogue,” Daly said of the artist who has been married to his wife, Ali Hewson, for decades. “I celebrate with them that they have four children and have been married 30 years. Not everyone in the Christian community can say that.”

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Focus on the Family's a bunch of wackos. You don't have to be an atheist to figure that out - they're basically a cult group masquerading as a mainstream Christian group.

what have they said that makes them wackos? specifically? just curious...

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scrounge up a quote...it should be easy...

They're fundamentalist, young earth creationist, Biblical literalists. If you haven't seen "Jesus Camp" go watch it, Focus on the Family defended the group for example.

 

Groups that promote ideas like the earth being 6,000 years old, and kids talking to angels, and stuff like that are looney tune, Branch Davidian wannabes. If morons like that ruled then you'd basically be living in a Saudi-Arabian style regime, only they worship Jesus instead of Allah.

 

I can find quotes but I really don't need to.

 

It doesn't suprise me that Bono got lured in by the group, because a lot of these Holly-weirdos are pretty screwed in the head to begin with - probably from years of drug abuse. Reminds me of that Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam guy who had some 'mid life crisis' and converted to fundamental Islam on a whim.

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They're fundamentalist, young earth creationist, Biblical literalists. If you haven't seen "Jesus Camp" go watch it, Focus on the Family defended the group for example.

 

Groups that promote ideas like the earth being 6,000 years old, and kids talking to angels, and stuff like that are looney tune, Branch Davidian wannabes.

 

I can find quotes but I really don't need to.

well considering the whole global warming science dibacle...i think i will prefer to be skeptical of them...

 

 

until i meet a 6000 year old fella..and he tells me different..i will believe the earth has a possibal age of 6000 years

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Don't hold your breath...Interesting that the libby immediately attacked Focus but had nothing to say about Bono...

 

I did attack Bono twit.

 

Problem is that holly-rollers like you don't even know the 'definition' of liberal. You think anyone who doesn't believe in talking snakes, or that humans and dinosaurs lived together is a 'liberal'. But in reality the majority of conservatives thinks that fundies are nutjobs. You're the right wing equivalent of PETA - even mainstream liberals and animal rights activists are embarrassed of them, and mainstream conservatives are embarrassed of fundie creation-tards.

 

 

well considering the whole global warming science dibacle...i think i will prefer to be skeptical of them...

 

 

Not a good analogy. And even if evolution was false that wouldn't mean that a literal interpretation of Genesis would be a good explanation.

 

 

until i meet a 6000 year old fella..and he tells me different..i will believe the earth has a possibal age of 6000 years

Maybe it's trillions of years old like Scientologists believe. And it was created by an alien lord.

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I did attack Bono twit.

 

Problem is that holly-rollers like you don't even know the 'definition' of liberal. You think anyone who doesn't believe that humans and dinosaurs lived together is a 'liberal'. But in reality the majority of conservatives thinks that fundies are nutjobs. You're the right wing equivalent of PETA - even mainstream liberals and animal rights activists are embarrassed of them, and mainstream conservatives are embarrassed of fundie creation-tards.

fundie creation tards??? are you a city boy?

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Focus on the Family's a bunch of wackos. You don't have to be an atheist to figure that out - they're basically a cult group masquerading as a mainstream Christian group.

hmmmmmm....nothing there...oh - oh the last comment - after I had already posted....

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i would like someone to give me the concrete PROOF that creation did not happen...that is all...

shut up mother jonses

Maybe there's a god, maybe there isn't - but it's pretty obvious that a literal creation described the way it is in Genesis didn't happen.

 

If a god exists then the Big Bang was the 'creation'. There was definitely no literal talking serpent, tree of knowledge, great flood, etc

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fundie creation tards??? are you a city boy?

 

Yes. Creation-tards. It is legitimate to think that anyone who rejects biology, paleontology, chemistry, astronomy, and geology is more than a little bit slow. Especially when they appear to be otherwise normal.

 

To reject all hard science and their rational explanations for the history of life on our planet in favor of fairy tales told in a 2000 year old game of telephone containing who knows how many mis-translations is illogical.

 

i would like someone to give me the concrete PROOF that creation did not happen...that is all...

shut up mother jonses

 

But what if I have proof?

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Stephen Hawking stated that God could not have created the Universe, as the Bible says he created it in a specific moment and that is impossible because time could not exist before space did. Then there is the whole 6000 year assertion, when carbon dating, rock strata, and astronomy all say it is hundreds and hundreds of times older.

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