Six Surprises from Bono’s Interview with Focus on the Family

Jim Daly and singer-activist discuss Jesus as Messiah, evangelical credit for PEPFAR, and how C.S. Lewis may inspire the next U2 song…
Jeremy Weber
[ posted 6/21/2013 06:20PM ]
Six Surprises from Bono's Interview with Focus on the Family

ULRICA TORNING / FLICKR

You’ll have to wait until Tuesday to hear the full Focus on the Family radio interview (listen here) with Bono regarding Jesus, the Psalms, PEPFAR, and The ONE Campaign’s success in fighting global poverty alongside faith communities.

But below are six statements by the prominent singer-activist that caught CT’s eye (including how C. S. Lewis may inspire the next U2 song):
1) On both losing their mothers while they were still children:

Bono: I don’t have a lot of memories of her, which is [an] unfortunately situation. … I look forward to meeting her again. But the loss of that is significant for [a child], and for me, I filled it with music and … and it deepened my faith, I suppose.

2) On David and the Psalms:

Daly: That Scripture in Psalms that talks about God being close to the brokenhearted and saving those crushed in spirit—does that mean something to you?

Bono: First of all, David’s a musician, so I’m gonna like him. … And what’s so powerful about the Psalms are, as well as their 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.

3) On Jesus as the Messiah:

Daly: So often those that struggle with accepting Jesus Christ as their savior … it’s the idea that he’s the Messiah. … How did you respond to that?

Bono: Jesus isn’t lettin’ you off the hook. The Scriptures don’t let you off the hook so easily. … When people say, you know, “Good teacher”, “Prophet”, “Really nice guy” … this is not how Jesus thought of Himself. 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. … You have to make a choice on that.

For the rest of the interview…

Advertisements