Last year, Fuller Theological Seminary released a series of videos documenting a conversation between Bono and Eugene Peterson. They talked at Peterson’s home about the Psalms. It’s a great video series.
Today they launched a new collection of videos, highlighting a conversation between Bono and Fuller professor of theology and culture David Taylor.
I don’t really believe in (death) anymore. It has no power over me as when I was 14 years old. And it’s unpleasant for the people we leave behind or if we’re left behind. But it isn’t unpleasant for the soul, to now find it’s true meaning.
Bono talked with Focus on the Family this week about his life, his wife of 30 years, his family and more. Listen to the interview.
A few stand out quotes:
â€œThe job of love – and maybe job is the wrong word – is to realize the potential of others. So if you’re doing that equally in a relationship and both of you are fixed on realizing each other’s potential then you’ll probably get places.â€
â€œYou have to be very careful that grace and politeness do not merge into a banality of behavior where we’re just nice – sort of death by cupcake…â€
â€œAnd I believe that Jesus was, you know, the Son of God. I understand that for some people and we need to… if I could be so bold, need to be really, really respectful to people who find that ridiculous…â€
â€œItâ€™s very annoying following this person of Christ around, because heâ€™s very demanding of your life. You donâ€™t have to go to university and do a Ph.D. to understand this stuff. You just go to the person of Christ.â€
You see, 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. Itâ€™s clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe. Iâ€™m absolutely sure of it. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that â€œas you reap, so you will sowâ€ stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because Iâ€™ve done a lot of stupid stuff…
If only we could be a bit more like Jesus, the world would be transformed. When I look at the Cross of Christ, what I see up there is all my sâ€” and everybody elseâ€™s. So I ask myself a question a lot of people have asked: Who is this man? And was He who He said He was, or was He just a religious nut? And there it is, and thatâ€™s the question. And no one can talk you into it or out of it. – Bono
After fighting against poverty for the last 25 years, Bono was asked to share his story and his dreams at TED.
Turning from rockstar to “factivist” Bono points out that in the last 25 years we now have 7526 less children dying per day. Things ARE getting better – but there’s still a lot to be done.
Like he did at Georgetown last year, Bono quoted Wael Ghonim, who launched a Facebook group that spurred the uprising in Egypt last year:
â€œWeâ€™re going to win because we donâ€™t understand politics. Weâ€™re going to win because we donâ€™t play their dirty games. Weâ€™re going to win because we donâ€™t have an agenda. Weâ€™re going to win because the tears that comes from our eyes actually come from our hearts. Weâ€™re going to win because we have dreams. Weâ€™re going to win because we are willing to stand up for our dreams. Weâ€™re going to win because the power of the people is so much stronger than the people in power.â€
What stat stands out to you the most during the video?
Bono rocked another sermon recently at Georgetown University – calling the students (and the rest of us) to action to alleviate the suffering in the world around us.
“I don’t know if this is a lectern or a pulpit,” Bono told the crowd, folding his arms on the wooden podium in front of him, “but I feel oddly comfortable. It’s a bit of a worry, isn’t it? So … welcome to Pop Culture Studies 101. Please take out your notebooks. Today we are going to discuss why rock stars should never, ever be given access to microphones at institutes of higher learning.
“You will receive no credit for taking this class,” Bono joked, “not even street cred — it’s too late for that. I will, of course, be dropping the occasional pop culture reference to give the impression that I know where your generation is at. I do not. I am not sure where I am at.”
I was really impacted when I heard Bono speak in Dallas several years ago — and this was no different.