Lots about social justice and a bit of God. Not much about Jesus the death and resurrection. What do you think?



Stan and Clare said... 3/16/2007 12:52 pm  

Hmmm. I think Bono is right - we do have a responsibility to be looking after those who are physically poor. I think that's the point of the Letter of James, act out your faith.

However, I'm conscious that Bono does not talk about the spiritually poor, since there is more to life than just life on this earth. That's my concern, because the death and resurrection of Jesus is the thing that makes us spiritually rich and healthy.

There is a book out by a guy named Jim Wallis (I think) and the book title is called "God's Politics". This is a book about Social Justice, which I am all for. However, he gives no reference point to the death and resurrection of Jesus.

That's my concern: that the Death and Resurrection of Jesus and the salvation found in him alone should provoke and move us to, not only support and be involved in the spreading of the gospel, but in also looking after those who are spiritually and physically poor.

Hope this rant makes sense!

fional said... 3/16/2007 5:40 pm  

He should say more and I should do more. Thank God that, in Jesus, he forgives us both and changes us. We've a long way to go.

Bono's a Christian, right?

mike said... 3/16/2007 6:04 pm  

Interesting... Sometimes he says good stuff other times he leaves important stuff out. My observation has been that he's generally on about social justice more often than the other important stuff (which provides the basis).

Goldy said... 3/18/2007 10:24 am  

An interesting little monologue. I have traditionally been sceptical of Bono, but I don't know if the NAACP awards is the forum to cast my vote on his theology. I think we won an award for being an agent for change in social justice, so it is appropriate that he focus on that in his speech (and try & enthuse Christian & non-Christian alike).
Over all, I would say that he has a liberation-theology though. You get a bit of impression that he has either a low view of heaven or a high view of man, that we can gain true justice on earth...

Mikey Lynch said... 3/20/2007 10:29 am  

i like what he says. i don't know if he's a Christian. i'd like to think he is... but a pretty unorthodox one in beliefs and practises...

either way, if God can write entire NT letters without mentioning the gospel explicitly, I figure it's alright to do so in an acceptance speech.

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