Christianity Today dives into the enigma that is Bono, with no less than three articles concerning the singer appearing in their magazine this week. Bono’s American Prayer takes a look at who Bono is, where he’s coming from and what he’s been doing. In the meantime it raises the question: ‘Is he or isn’t he?’
‘Pop music with brains’ looks at U2’s music. Everything after The Joshua Tree is deemed
unamerican… unchristian: “…during the 1990s Bono seemed intent on deconstructing his supposed “holy stature,” often behaving in ways that many evangelical Christians found distressing.”
But, rejoice, says the magazine: “At the start of the new millennium, something remarkable happened. No one thought the aging musicians capable of making another album on the same level as The Joshua Tree. No one in the Christian music scene expected U2 ever to record an album of nakedly pious songs.” No one, probably, but their millions of non-christian fans who seem to have more faith in the band.
The editorial – it’s not clear who exactly wrote it , Bono’s Thin Ecclesiology, is a full on critique of the ‘he ain’t no real Christian’ kind: “…we hope that God also uses this time to draw Bono into a deeper sense of what it means to be a Christian.” Yawn.
- Atu2.com: Respect, Righteousness and a Mirrorball Lemon, a response by pastor Beth Maynard