Bono, U2 and Christianity
From the first time I heard “I will follow” on the radio, I was a U2 fan. As a Christian, I would buy a U2 album and quickly read the lyrics to see what creative way Bono used to get “Jesus” in at least one of the songs. I would search for the Christian message in the songs and U2 rarely failed to deliver.
Then came “The Joshua Tree.” I was crushed. How could Bono say “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for?”
I believe in the kingdom come/ Then all the colors will bleed into one/
Bleed into one/ Well, yes I’m still running/
You broke the bonds and you loosed the chains/
Carried the cross of my shame/ Of my shame/
You know I believed it/ But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
However, it was no long after this, I too began to feel a discontent with Christianity. As time went on, I could more and more identify with this song. I believed in my faith but could not explain why I still felt like there was so much missing.
By the time, “All You Can Leave Behind” was released, I was in step with Bono. The song “Peace on Earth” contained the very questions I was asking myself.
Jesus can you take the time to throw a drowning man a line/ Peace on Earth
To tell the ones who hear no sound/ Whose sons are living in the ground/
Peace on Earth
Jesus in the song you wrote/ The words are sticking in my throat/
Peace on Earth
Hear it every Christmas time/ But hope and history won’t rhyme/
So what’s it worth/ This peace on Earth
One of my favorite lines was in the song “When I look at the World.”
I think of you and your holy book/ When the rest of us choke
However, their recent album contained a tribute to “Yahweh.” It’s one thing to embrace the teachings of Christ but Bono was now directly addressing a God which the Bible declares directed his children to kill babies, take young virgins for themselves, kill women, old men, and animals.
Here’s a U2 video from YouTube:
(at least watch the first couple minutes and last minute)
- The de-Convert