Beyoncé Knowles & Bono – World Prayer (Live 46664 Concert)
In Get Up Off Your Knees, Eugene Peterson wrote perhaps U2’s strongest endorsement to the Christian Church. His conclusion was that U2 is indeed a prophetic voice, saying, “God the Holy Spirit has used prophets, biblical and contemporary, to separate people from the lies and illusions to which they’ve become accustomed…prophets train us in discerning the difference between the ways of the world and the ways of the Gospel, keeping us present to the presence of God.”
“Prophetic voices that challenge the people of God to live ‘in accordance with the scriptures,’ scriptures that are especially vocal about care for the poor, the suffering, and the disreputable have never received cordial treatment from people who use religion to cocoon themselves from reality.” Eugene Peterson (his interpretation of why the Church has been slow to embrace U2)
There is something within the evangelical psyche that is naturally suspicious. For every little group of believers delving into the lyrics of new U2 albums like Bible studies, there is another group who is equally interested in being a judge and jury, obsessed to damn them as definitely not Christians at all. It is a bizarre pastime and hints at a dark side at the heart of the human psyche but perhaps accentuated in evangelical communities. It has remnants of the Pharisees’ desire to self-righteously judge, demand conformity, and exclude. There is a determination to castigate and damn and do it with a fervent glee. There is a lack of gentleness and grace. At times there is a frightening viciousness.
Steve Stockman, Walk On: Spiritual Journey of U2