“To some people the church is their ticket to respectability, a certain bourgeois point of view, a safety net when they go to bed. My idea of Christianity is no safety net, a scathing attack on bourgeois values, and a risk to respectability.” – Paul Hewson


9 Responses to

  1. Sam says:

    i’m so glad you love the book! thanks again for giving it to me, pastor shawn!

  2. katie says:

    i wonder how many people are reading that quote and then thinking “who?”

  3. cheryl says:

    I know, right?

  4. Jared says:

    Thought if people don’t know who it is maybe they will take the quote more seriously…

    I’m only a pretend U2 hater. My favorite song in high school was actually “Bloody Sunday.” That was back in my uber-Irish days when I secretly wanted to be Catholic.
    I just get annoyed when pop stars become spokesmen for causes. They are usually worthy causes but what makes Bono an expert on third world debt? Or church? Or anything but catchy songs? The man can’t even count in Spanish for crying out loud! It’s not just Bono, Sheryl Crow was just on TV asking for $17 bazillion dollars for research on environmental causes of breast cancer. Should entertainers be making policy decisions for us? No. But the fault is ultimately with us. Who pays attention to a cause unless it’s got a pretty face and famous name attached to it?

    For 50 U2 fanpoints what is The Edge’s real name? Google is cheating!

  5. cheryl says:

    david evans

    these people have a loud microphone and it would be irresponsible for them NOT to use it.

  6. Sam says:

    cheryl, thanks for the answer, i was busy with work.

    and FYI, jessie helms, US senator, college graduate, etc. stated in an interview that Bono knew more about the third world situation, debt, aids, trade, africa than most people he had ever met, including other politicos and do-gooders who have a ‘better background’ to have an opinion. the man has poured his mind, resources, time, energy, effort, and his family into that continent. he’s a spokesman because his well-educated heart cares. as a great movie (meet the parents) once said, ‘step off’- and i say that in humorous love, but it’s true- don’t judge Bono cause you haven’t spent the time to learn about him.

  7. katie says:

    some of us are trying to learn about jesus.

  8. Jared says:

    Ooo. Burn.

    And if Bono is so all knowing about Africa then why is he offering silly ideas to fix it? The ‘solutions’ I’ve heard Bono trumpet have been heavy-handed and misguided. They seem good but are really simplistic in the extreme and would at best be wasteful of resources and at worst make the situation(s) even more deplorable.
    Case in point: the hullaballoo he raised over forgiving third world debt. Lord knows I believe in the principle of ‘Jubilee’. But is forgiving debt really a good idea? Will it really help the average African peasant? Probably not. Most of the money that is owed was stolen by African strongmen and salted away in Swiss bank accounts. Simple debt forgiveness without some kind of accountability is just asking for the same thing all over again. Corruption and graft is what is holding Africa back costing the continent billions more than debts every year.
    Bono is proposing the same kind of ‘solutions’ that have been tried and failed over the last 40 years. Big handouts, big programs and the UN. Didn’t work before and won’t work now.
    What will it take?
    People have to fix themselves. Not that we can’t/shouldn’t help (why else do you think I have spent half my life getting ready to go there?). But we should give it as individuals, when and where other individuals ask for it.
    But that diatribe is probably just a mixture of my libertarianism and the fact that my wisdom teeth are inflamed and making my whole face throb.

  9. cheryl says:

    i agree with jared that gov’t programs don’t change people. Africa is in the place it is because Christains have screwed up royaly. at the least, we have been apathetic. i’m afraid our evil goes much deeper than that when it comes to what we have done to the beautiful people of that continent. i take back what i said about “at the last been apathetic.” Apathy is worse than hate. indifference is unforgiveable. but i know of many people who love Jesus and are giving their lives to the people there. Bono gets frustrated at the way Christains have abandoned Africa (for many reasons). He has a point there. If we would just act like Jesus told us to, giving our lives away to love on people, then the deeper heart issues would be met. social justice/peace are a natural consequence of people loving Jesus and loving others for Him.

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