I am currently reading 2 books about 2 very, very different rock stars. Bono and Keith Richards. Now that will make your head spin. I happen to like them both equally well but for different reasons.
I guess for me it doesn't matter if Bono is a Christian, a good man, or even a 'bad person'. I don't know him. He may be any of the above, but I happen to believe he is a Christian. His message is the Truth, often the very Truth that the Church tends to minimize. And I try to embrace Truth wherever it is found be it in a Sunday morning message at church, or in the life of a rock star. Yes, I have found elements of Truth in the life of everyone I admire, from Johnny Depp to many of the Saints, to Keith Richards, to Bono, Rich Mullins. The fact that there is Truth found in their lives at some point, (not that they are all Christians, they are not), is what attracts me to them.
Anway, here are some excerpts from Walk On by Steve Stockman about Bono that you may find interesting.
From the 2001 NBA Championship: "When the cameras switched from one venue to the other, television viewers saw Bono praying on his knees.
What can I give back to God for the blessings He poured out on me? I life high the cup of salvation as a toast to our Father. To follow through ont he promise I made to you. - Bono
The lead singer of arguably the most popular rock band on the planet was loosely reciting a prayer from Psalm 116 on national television."
"In describing U2's 2001 Elevation tour to Rolling Stone magazine, Bono said fans had told him that they senesed 'good vibrations' at the concerts.
God is in the room. More than Elvis. It feels like there's a blessing on the band right now. People are saying they're feeling shivers - well, the band as well. And I don't know what that is but it feels like a blessing, and in the end, music is a kind of sacrament; it's not just about airplay or chart positions. - Bono
Are rock and roll bands supposed to talk to Rolling Stone about blessing? Sacraments? God walking in the room? Why would this all sound so incredibly cliche coming from a well-scrubbed contemporary Christian rocker created by Nashville, yet actually sound sincere and authentic coming from a theatrical rock star?"
"There is very little garden variety evangelicalism (in the North American sense of the word) found in the members of the band. They drink, smoke, swear, and wear leatehr pants. But ther is a hefty and poetic theological substance that I think would startle St. Paul and would bring a smile to the psalmist."
"Artists and fans alike have seen what is on the world's buffet table and are still growling with hunger pangs."
I have this hunger in me ... everywhere I look I see the evidence of a Creator. But I don't see it as religion, which has cut my people in two. I don't see Jesus Christ as being any part of a religion. Religion to me is when God leaves - and people devise a set of rules to fill the space. - Bono
The central faith and spirit of the band is the same. But I have les and less time for legalism now. I just see that you live a life of faith - The Edge (U2 member)
"Maybe the times they have stumbled and admitted their imperfections have been worth the risk to be boundary pushers in a world the Church has neglected. Jesus always seemed happier with followers who would chop people's ears off (Matt. 26:51) than He was with people who claimed to have kept all the commandments."
Well, you know, I am not a very good advertisement for God. So, I generally don't wear that badge on my lapel. But it is certainly written on the inside. I am a believer. There are 2,103 verses of Scripture pertaining to the poor. Jesus Christ only speaks of judgement once. It is not all about the things that the church bangs on about. It is not about sexual immorality, and it is not about megalomania, or vanity. It is about the poor. 'I was naked you clothed me. I was a stranger and you let me in.' This is at the heart of the gospel. Why is it that we have seemed to have forgotten this? Why isn't the church leading this movement? I am here tonight because the church ought to be ready to do that. - Bono
Ouch! :) He's right, I think. And that is why I like Bono. While the Church may qeustion the appropriateness of his faith, he questions the appropriatenss of ours.