Following on from my last post, here is the interview with Bono and the related article by Jim Daly.
Firstly, listen to the interview with Bono and Jim Daly here:
Then read Jim’s article:
Why Orthodox Christians Should Appreciate an Unorthodox Bono
By Jim Daly, Updated: June 25, 2013
Recently, I had the chance to interview U2 front man Bono for a Focus on the Family broadcast airing June 25. To be sure, Bono is a unique rock star, as well-known for his activism in helping the people society often overlooks – the poorest of the poor, and those living with HIV and other diseases – as he is for his music.
What sometimes gets lost in the mix, however, is the motivation behind Bono’s work. It’s his very real Christian faith. So while I spent some of my time with Bono talking about his childhood, his role as husband and father, and even U2, it was his passion for helping others, and the reasons behind that sense of his Christian calling, that quickly drove our conversation.
As Bono spoke, the phrase from the Bible that ran through my mind was from the Epistle of James: “faith without works is dead” (2:26). In other words, don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk. It’s a basic tenet of Christian orthopraxy: following God and living by faith takes practice. And loving God and obeying His Word is nothing if not practical.
Read the rest of the article here:
One of the first things Bono does in the interview with Jim Daly is to promote the false gospel of ‘human potential’. He states the job of love is to realize potential”. Later in the interview he declares that the whole thrust of the New Testament (casually saying “apart from redemption”, which he never defines) is essentially about injustice. In one sentence he dismisses the Gospel. No discussion about why Jesus died on the cross. No mention of our depravity and sin, or the need for repentance and salvation. No mention of a wrathful, holy God who is offended by all sin, including the sin of an unrepentant rock star with a slight saviour complex.
Some very familiar language from Bono: “when you align yourself with God’s purposes…you get into alignment”. Bono’s One campaign and Rick Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. plan are certainly in alignment…with the new age/theosophical doctrine of one global religion, one spirituality, and one evolved consciousness that will save the world. The strange thing is, I can’t find this happy ending anywhere in the Bible.
As a pragmatist, historically Bono has proven that he will align himself with whoever will help him achieve his goals…saving the world and spreading the false religion of oneness spirituality. If saying he believes that Jesus is the Son of God will get the job done, then he is happy to oblige. He may even believe it. However, even demons acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God. The problem is, Bono’s ‘Jesus’ allows him to be a rock star with all the appearances of evildoing that he displays; allows him to boast incessantly in false humility about what he has achieved; never requires that he preach the Gospel to the lost, that he repent, or live a holy life; and allows him to promote Christianity, Islam and Judaism as all following the same god. That is not the Jesus Christ of the Bible. Bono’s gospel is not the Gospel of the Bible. His god is not the Almighty God revealed in the Scriptures.
Although Bono’s compelling gospel may temporarily save bodies, it cannot save souls. Should he ever change to spreading the only true Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, I will truly rejoice (and maybe attend a concert)!