Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
It is my job as a pastor and professor to speak the name of Jesus and proclaim the news of the gospel into whatever reality the prophets expose and call attention to. If they also do it, that's fine, but if they don't that doesn't mean that they aren't speaking/acting on God's behalf."
Yes, I think so. I guess he'd lose the edge of surprise. I've been a part of the institution of religion all my life and have been quite happy doing it. I felt that's what I was called to do. But I depend for a lot of my insights and language on people who are outside the Church. That doesn't mean they are outside of Christ, but they are outside of the conventional expectations. I need that. If I'm just around people who talk the way I do, I lose perceptive accuracy, sharpness. And I think Bono is doing that for many.
To me, that sounds a lot like a Billy Graham crusade with some strong language thrown in.
I'm never really sure what people want or expect from other Christians/Believers. Far too often it is some religious code phrase or hair cut...with plenty of Americanized mythology thrown in for good measure. I'm not sure how you'll get that out of an Irishman.
John the Baptist, Jesus, Paul, Peter, and John all pointed out that who have to look for the fruit. Mere words/code phrases aren't enough. The Pharisees & Sadducees had plenty of those...and they ended up as kindling.
Look, I'm not trying to be an "Apologist" for Bono, U2 or anyone else. I'm just trying to point out that God, in his sovereign ways, is rather big and often mysterious. He also tends to not let opportunities go to waist. Maybe some Believers won't be inspired by a guy like Bono. That's fine. I wont knock them. But I have also seen young Christians, myself included, BE inspired into a closer walk with Jesus...in an admittedly unconventional, yet no less real, sort of way. If God could talk through a donkey, I don't see why he can't use a crazy Irishman. After all, "She moves in mysterious ways." (Blasphemy!)
P.S. A few years back, Bono was asked to speak at a Presidential Prayer Breakfast. He took the opportunity to speak about the opportunity to serve the poor through the international ONE campaign. I found it to be to be funny and humble. It's worth a listen.