Sunday, September 27, 2009

U2's Magnificent, Boston 9/20/09

U2, No Line On The Horizon
"The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death. That’s the point. It should keep us humbled… It’s not our own good works that get us through the gates of Heaven...I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don’t have to depend on my own religiosity." Bono, Christianity Today

"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.' . . . 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." Bono, World Magazine


"Bono, The Edge and Larry are all strong believers in Christian faith and at one stage were going to quit U2 because of the relationship between Christian faith and rock and roll, but then decided that the band wouldn’t get in the way of their personal beliefs." Musicouch.com


"..three of the four band members were part of a Charismatic Christian community in Ireland as the group was starting out." Publishers Weekly

Draw your own conclusions.

U2, No Line On The Horizon

Magnificent
Oh, oh, magnificent

I was born, I was born
To be with you in this space and time
After that and ever after
I haven't had a clue only to break rhyme
This foolishness can leave a heart black and blue, oh, oh

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love can heal such a scar

I was born, I was born to sing for you
I didn't have a choice but to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to
I give you back my voice from the womb
My first cry, it was a joyful noise, oh, oh

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love can heal such a scar
Justified, till we die you and I will magnify, oh, oh
Magnificent, magnificent, oh, oh

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love unites our hearts
Justified, till we die you and I will magnify, oh, oh
Magnificent, magnificent, magnificent


U2, No Line On The Horizon

2 comments:

mrclm said...

U2's Christianity is something they have always been open about, even though they would admit they are not "mainstream" Christians. Faith and God come up in their lyrics and interviews very frequently.

BTW, you do know that Moses' actions in the scripture you blog is named after were sinful right? In striking the rock, Moses was not doing as God commanded.

Because I said so blog

Mike said...

Yes mrclm thats the point, that God still blessed the Israelites despite their sins as does Christ on the cross as our sins strike Him. Thats my take at least. Thanks for your input.
Mike