Monday, February 4, 2008
Bono Loves Jesus....through his advocacy for Africa....
This is a long clip, but I beg you to hang in there and watch the whole thing! What else do you absolutely HAVE to do right now, anyway?
Bono was invited to Washington DC to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast about his faith and about justice for Africa. People were astonished to learn of this Irish rock star's passion for God and social justice. He definitely does not look like a typical evangelical Christian nor does he speak like one (he has a penchant for dropping the f-bomb every now and then). But, he is PASSIONATE - about loving God through his work in Africa.
In U2's song, "Please", a song written to church-going believers, Bono sings, "Please, please, get up off your knees..." He begs for action. He begs for Christians to take a look at the world outside the church walls.
This message is echoed in Isaiah 58 (which the B-man referenced in his speech). In response to cries from the Israelites that God was simply ignoring their fasting and prayers, God calls them on the carpet, "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter - when you see the naked, to clothe them and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?"
Prayer is a vital piece in the fight for justice.
But, it's time to get up off our knees.
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