AIDS, the President, and the non-traditional Rock Star

I’ve made no secret about being a long-time fan of U2. Over the years, it has been interesting to watch the band grow-up, but maintain their ideological, faithful, real voice. Maybe so interesting to me since I grew up with them, struggled through my own experiences as they struggled through theirs. Maybe so long because some of the windmills great-and-small the band, and Bono in particular, has chosen to joust from the heart-faith level are so similar… poverty & AIDS especially. I really enjoy the fact that Bono hasn’t been offensive in his advocacy, but has been steadfast, straightforward, humble and tenacious.

On Get Religion, a blog headed up by columnist Terry Mattingly to analyze religion coverage in the main stream media, I gobbled up this post by Doug LaBlanc called “Am I bugging you?’ The analysis is of a NYT Magazine piece about Bono’s activism and profiles him in that role. I’ve linked it because I don’t have the trackback feature on this blog. There’s a link directly from Get Religion to the NYT piece.

This piece echos much that I’ve been reading about in Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas, as the singer replies quite candidly to the questions Assayas poses about nearly every topic under the sun. It’s a great read for a fan, but also for a citizen of earth, and for a person of faith. I’ve taken away a number of tidbits to journal on, and was impressed by the same section Len blogged, and World Magazine caught in its article Salty Dogma, as Bono expressed his faith like this:

The interviewer, Mr. Assayas, begins by asking Bono, Doesn’t he think “appalling things” happen when people become religious? Bono counters, “It’s a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma.”

The interviewer asks, What’s that? “At the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics—in physical laws—every action is met by an equal or an opposite one,” explains Bono. “And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that. . . . Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff.”

Would that all of us could express ourselves, our faith, our heart, so clearly… it would only change the world.

UPDATE: If you’re interested in more of what Bono advocates, or you haven’t been there in a while, go check out The ONE Campaign — there is much there to think and pray about.

No Responses to “AIDS, the President, and the non-traditional Rock Star”

  1. Beth
    September 27, 2005 at 2:42 pm #

    Nice post Patti. I’m always baffled by the amount of energy people seem to have about negative speculation on Bono’s faith… why?

  2. Patti
    September 27, 2005 at 5:03 pm #

    Thanks for the comment, Beth. I’m always baffled by the amount of energy Christians seem to invest in tearing down people who aren’t just like them – Bono isn’t like anyone, really, a sucessful musician, a fun person, a good husband and father, a man who acts on his convictions, AND a believer! It boggles the mind, but then different usually scares at least some people, doesn’t it?

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