An Interview With Bono: Following Jesus
I admit that I am a longtime fan of U2 and have been known to include a song or two in the context of worship; songs that have stirred a flame in my heart and in some cases brought tears to my eyes as I’ve caught hold of words and images as we worship Jesus (e.g. Where the Streets Have No Name or Magnificent). U2 frontman Bono unexpectedly (to me) made an appearance on Focus on the Family yesterday for an interview Jim Daly, current president for FOTF. The interview included a straightforward confession by Bono that Jesus Christ is the Son of God!
“It’s very annoying following this person of Christ around, because he’s very demanding of your life,” [Bono] 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.”
[Jim] Daly [president of Focus on the Family] 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 (to date 9 million children have been loved by Christ through this Man of God – Bono on Africa).
“We have a pastor [*Jack Heaslip] 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.”
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