Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bono interview: Grace over karma

U2 is right at the top of any list I would make of favorite musicians. Most of you who know me know that. So I was eager to click the link when my friend Stacy tweeted a link to an interview where he talked about Jesus and what makes him different from any other religious leader. Before you click on the link below, here is an excerpt to pique your interest:
 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 Christ doesn't allow you that. He doesn't let you off that hook. Christ says: No. 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." And people say: No, no, please, just be a prophet. A prophet, we can take. You're a bit eccentric. We've had John the Baptist eating locusts and wild honey, we can handle that. But don't mention the "M" word! Because, you know, we're gonna have to crucify you. And he goes: No, no. I know you're expecting me to come back with an army, and set you free from these creeps, but actually I am the Messiah. At this point, everyone starts staring at their shoes, and says: Oh, my God, he's gonna keep saying this. So what you're left with is: either Christ was who He said He was the Messiah or a complete nutcase.
 As you read, you'll see the interviewer is a skeptic, which makes the statement that much stronger.

Here's the link:

God's grace overcoming the karma of reciprocity...through the cross. Tell it, Bono.

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