9 Times Bono Was Spot On About What It’s Like To Search For God

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Irish band U2 singer Bono performs on stage at the Bercy Accordhotels Arena in Paris on December 6, 2015. / AFP / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Source: Huffington Post

By Carol Kuruvilla

Associate Religion Editor

Before Bono became the world-famous humanitarian and frontman of the Irish rock band U2, he was Paul David Hewson from Dublin.

The son of a Roman Catholic dad and a Protestant mother, Bono grew up during a time of sectarian conflict and witnessed the human cost of militant belief. So it’s no surprise that he became disenchanted with the idea of organized religion, turning to music instead for that wild, spiritual high.

As a bandleader and songwriter, Bono has helped infuse U2’s music with spirituality from the start — expressing the kind of faith that is filled with both skepticism and a deep yearning for answers.

The musician and advocate, whose ONE organization campaigns to fight global poverty and disease, also engages with issues of faith away from his role as a rock star. Bono has offered thoughtful critiques of Christian culture, written introductions to Christian booksengaged in dialogue with evangelical leaders, and intersperses his live performances with lines from one of his favorite book of the of Bible, the Psalms.

Throughout it all, Bono advocates for a spirituality that is raw, honest and acknowledges the fact that there are no easy answers when it comes to faith.

In honor of Bono’s 56th birthday, which falls on May 10, HuffPost Religion has put together this list of nine times Bono was spot on about what it’s like to search for God, however long and complex that journey is.

“Words and music did for me what solid, even rigorous, religious argument could never do   they introduced me to God, not belief in God, more an experiential sense of GOD.”
 -Excerpt from the introduction to Selections From The Book of Psalms.
“Why do we need the lyric poetry of the Psalms? … Because the only way we can approach God is, if we’re honest, through metaphor, through symbol. So art becomes essential, not decorative.”
“The Psalms,” by Fuller Studio
“Coolness might help in your negotiation with people through the world, maybe, but it is impossible to meet God with sunglasses on. It is impossible to meet God without abandon, without exposing yourself, becoming raw.”
“Religion can be the enemy of God. It’s often what happens when God, like Elvis, has left the building. A list of instructions where there once was conviction; dogma where once people just did it; a congregation led by a man where once they were led by the Holy Spirit.”

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