Any Christian Rock Fans Out There?
St. Paddy's Day is around the corner--and since I'm the product of a pair of Irish immigrants myself--I've decided my next few posts will feature a decidedly Irish theme.
U2 and more specifically, Bono, are known to humbly proclaim themselves as the "world’s greatest rock band." I haven't heard anybody argue the point, but what about the mantle of "world’s greatest Christian rock band?"
Now, the four lads from Dublin are Christians by default simply because they’re Irish, but apparently the boys' faith has always played a much larger role in their lives' and music than many may be aware. In fact, there's a course now being offered at a Grand Rapids, Michigan college exploring U2’s method of conveying its Christian and social justice message through pop culture.
But unlike traditional Christian rock bands that openly proclaim their love and devotion to Jesus and/or God, U2 doesn’t stuff its morality down your throat, instead hiding its spiritual questions in the unlikely place of heavy rock tracks such as Mysterious Ways and Where the Streets Have No Name, or I Still Haven't Found what I'm Looking For just to name a few.
"They seem to be seeking to just give an open invitation for people to move into the realm of asking questions about spiritual life, about God, about Christ," said the Rev. Beth Maynard, who co-edited Get Up Off Your Knees a collection of sermons based on U2 lyrics and biblical texts.
"It's raising the questions but not overtly or forcefully prescribing the answers."
I love that last quote. Just raise the questions. I think God gave us free will and minds of our own to draw our own conclusions.
Other links exploring U2's Christian influences: