I’ve been a big fan of U2 ever since I was 12 years old. The moment I saw the music video to “New Year’s Day”, I was hooked. Since then, apart from getting my hands on anything even musically related to U2, I’ve read a plethora of material on them, from articles to books. I recently went back and read Michka Assaya’s collaboration with Bono called “Bono on Bono”. I had to highlight a couple of comments he made that I found quite insightful:
In regards to Punk Rock Bono says:
“Fashion, really, is what had driven punk rock, not philosophy. People weren’t talking about revolution. It was Situationism that you can wear on your T-shirt.” (pg. 163)
Bono then makes this comment about philosophy:
“In the end, ideas are not worth as much as people. Whenever you meet a philosophy where that is not true, and where ideas are worth more than people, you have to be on your guard.” (pg. 178)
Christianity is based, not on a religious idea or the T-shirt we wear, but on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came not to promulgate an idea or philosophy, instil rules or directives, but:
“ …that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life…. not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
I can’t help but think, our God really cares about people, and in turn, we really need to be caring about people. A friend once told me, you know you are far from God when you begin to dislike people, and your idea of what is righteousness is worth more than the people around you.