Saturday, February 04, 2006

Bono, after years of skepticism, finds partner in religion

Bono, after years of skepticism, finds partner in religion:

By Kevin Eckstrom
Religion News Service

"WASHINGTON - Born to a Roman Catholic father and a Protestant mother in the sectarian strife of 1960s Ireland, U2 frontman Bono has more than a few reasons to distrust organized religion.

Far too often, Bono did not see his experience of Christian faith reflected in what he saw as a preachy moralism that neglects the poor and usually "gets in the way of God."

So Bono was as surprised as anyone to find himself the keynote speaker at the Feb. 2 National Prayer Breakfast. Not only that, he was extolling churches and faith communities for their efforts in his global crusade to rescue Africa from disease, debt and economic destruction...."

A good article about how Bono has "finally found what [he's] looking for."

After years of avoiding "organized religion" he is realizing that the Church is indeed a powerful force for changing the world -- and come Christian groups have been historically involved in the things to which Bono is lending his considerable influence and expertise.

A rock star?!? Well, that gets him an audience not only among his fans, but also among the powerful, including President Bush, who is quoted in this article as saying "The thing about this good citizen of the world is he's used his position to get things done."

This article touches on another issue that I have been concerned about for many years -- the diversion of our resources and energies to fight battles over political and sexual issues in the PC(USA) and other denominations. If we all can be diverted from our personal agendas and unite in the caring for the "least of these", then the Church can make a tremendous difference in the world today, instead of continuing to decline.

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