I have been rather ill with the flue these past days, but looking over the headlines this morning, I see that U2 made out well at the Grammy Awards. Indeed they should - certainly within my generation they are an awesome rock band.
I have always been intrigued with the frontman, Bono. Born to a Catholic father and Protestant mother in Dublin, he seems to have his own take on Christianity. Now, some of you might be offended by the quote I want to give you, but as someone who grew up in an Irish Catholic neighborhood in the Bronx, I can appreciate Bono when he said, "The idea that there's a force of love and logic behind the universe is overwhelming to start with, if you believe it. Actually, maybe even far-fetched to start with. But the idea that that same love and logic would choose to describe itself as a baby born in shit and straw and poverty is genius, and brings me to my knees, literally."
Bono gets it. In an interview this past summer, he commented about Christ:
"Look, the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: He was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius." "But actually", he says, "Christ doesn't allow you that. He doesn't let you off that hook."
"Christ says, No," Bono continues. "I'm not saying I'm a teacher, don't call me teacher. I'm not saying I'm a prophet. I'm saying: 'I'm the Messiah.' I'm saying: 'I am God incarnate.' . . . So what you're left with is either Christ was who He said He was-the Messiah-or a complete nutcase. . . The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside-down by a nutcase, for me that's farfetched."
Here's to U2 and their wins.