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October 06, 2009


why don't you just read this to everyone in TC&U2 and be done with it? or Beth's blog. I love it.

also...people make too big a deal out of U2. as in, why pick on just U2? what makes them "Christian" is belief, words and actions. nothing more, nothing less. ...just like the rest of us Christ followers. lyrically speaking, they're geniuses. musically speaking, they're good. actively speaking, they're ahead of the game. now people can pick on things like DATA or the (red) campaign, and make statements like, "Well HE'S a rock star, why doesn't he give more?" "Well...are you doing anything about it? YOUR words aren't promoting love in any way." I would ask them (hypothetically, of course). how are OUR actions promoting love and reconciliation for the whole? or at least those in our community. When lyrics lead us to greater action in Jesus' name, who cares where it came from? Dylan, Crowder, Adele, Webb, Mayer and Caillat have also lead me to think about things from a different perspective...not to their glory, but to God's. when we see them simply as the vessels of words that they are...I argue we won't be so quick to jump on arguing about someone's methodology.

oh Tom. being shady isn't the answer...

Tim - Thank you for writing this. I think when the Christian community overanalyzes any kind of art, whether it be music, paintings, sculpture, or theatre, it robs that medium from being, well, art. I understand the fear and caution that was ingrained in us as young Christians. Sadly, when it is carried into adulthood, I feel that it cripples us when we should be the most effective. Trusting God to keep us unto Himself as we go out into the world and minister to the "undesireables" is a part of faith that is tossed aside, and then too easily justified by saying "we are keeping ourselves pure". Yes, we are not to be of the world, but we forget we are called to be IN the world as Jesus was. We are called to minister to alcoholics, prostitutes, strippers, criminals, people who choose "alternate lifestyles", addicts, and the like. Follow the example of Jesus, not the critical Pharisees and Saducees who isolated themselves from the "unclean". And as one is called to minister to these groups, I also believe that one is called to understand that culture so the hearts can be reached. This includes their art, music, lingo, and whatever else is important to them as people. -Kyndria

Kyndria, thanks for the affirmation. YOU would make a good missionary. Oh, I bet you already are....

Karen, The people making too "big a deal" about U2 are usually Christians arguing for or against them. It's a shame to miss all the richness of their art because we're either trying to prove they are or they aren't Christian. Good thoughts.

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