Saturday, March 21, 2009

U2

Bono says he is a believer. That is a declarative remark and no judgment is imputed on my part.

Formerly, my Baptist sensibilities would have judged him by MY standard. However, this standard would have been set by someone other than the Holy Spirit and me. For the past 17 years I let a man be my guide in what I should believe - what I should be CONVICTED of.

Bono did not use the same words, do the same things, or follow the same path that I was. He went to places I would have been told NOT to go to. Associated with people I would have told NOT to associate with. This would have been my measuring stick for a "Christian".

Then there's Bono's song, Yahweh. This song is naming our God's name, and in doing so, talks about his understanding of Him.

Lyrics to U2's Song, Yahweh

Take these shoes
Click clacking down some dead end street
Take these shoes
And make them fit
Take this shirt
Polyester white trash made in nowhere
Take this shirt
And make it clean, clean
Take this soul
Stranded in some skin and bones
Take this soul
And make it sing

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, Yahweh
Still I'm waiting for the dawn

Take these hands
Teach them what to carry
Take these hands
Don't make a fist
Take this mouth
So quick to criticise
Take this mouth
Give it a kiss

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, Yahweh
Still I'm waiting for the dawn

Still waiting for the dawn, the sun is coming up
The sun is coming up on the ocean
This love is like a drop in the ocean
This love is like a drop in the ocean

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, tell me now
Why the dark before the dawn?

Take this city
A city should be shining on a hill
Take this city
If it be your will
What no man can own, no man can take
Take this heart
Take this heart
Take this heart
And make it break

3 comments:

Jamie said...

I love some Bono! And the song "When Love Comes To Town". I even posted it.

You were missing out on some gooood things1 :D

Joel B. said...

It's usually not until a Christian artist covers a U2 song, that Christians will begin to like that song. Then they're all over it.

John Fincher said...

Yeah, Joel, we've been programmed to make a distinction between sacred and secular. Tozer called it a heresy.

It's a shame we can't see Father's hand in it until a "Christian" artist does it. Does that then give it more credence?

And yes, Jamie, I have...