It would be impossible for me to catalog the most meaningful/thoughtful/favorite U2 lines, but if I did compile a list the following would definitely be at the top:
Jesus never let me down
You know Jesus used to show me the score
Then they put Jesus in show business
Now it's hard to get in the door
"If God Will Send His Angels," Pop, 1997
Why is spirituality so important to U2 and why is church viewed with such suspicion? Why is it so hard to get in the door?
Another favorite lyric:
And I'd join the movement
If there was one I could believe in
Yeah I'd break bread and wine
If there was a church I could receive in
"Acrobat," Achtung Baby, 1991
Bono often reflects on the hypocrisy of a church predisposed to conflict, exclusivity, inaction, self-indulgence, greed and a general disregard for God. He has regularly made statements like, "religion often gets in the way of God." That seed was planted by growing up with a Catholic father and a Protestant mother, and was brought to full bloom by living in a war torn country (Ireland) where terrorists routinely killed one another in the name of Christianity.
Why is it so hard to get in the door? For those who live in the real world, a world in which church has no meaning or purpose, this question is more relevant than the people who call themselves Christians. The general populace is tired of the blond-haired, blue-eyed, Val-Kilmer-look-alike Jesus that "If God Will Send His Angels" speaks of above. Brian McLaren asks, "Where is a person least likely to go when he/she wants to know about God?" His answer: the church. I agree.
I'm starting a category of blog entries entitled "It's hard to get in the door." I want to give examples of why I think so many find Christ desirable but the church such an obstacle. Most of this is a result of a grossly out of touch Christian subculture. I've been collecting examples of isolation, compromise and irrelevance. See "Take the Plastic Christ out of Christmas" if you want to know what I'm talking about. I invite you to leave your stories and examples as well.
Why is it so hard to get in the door? Why are people ready to accept Christ but not the church? More to come....
I stopped outside a church house
Where the citizens like to sit
They say they want the kingdom
But they don't want God in it
"The Wanderer," Zooropa, 1993
Love is a temple
Love a higher law
Love is a temple
Love the higher law
You ask me to enter
Well then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on
To what you got
When all you got is hurt
"One," Achtung Baby, 1991