Bono of U2 has an interesting interview in Rolling Stone Magazine that you have to read. Here is the article. Bono: The Rolling Stone Interview. The excerpt below is amazing in terms of how culture is shifting. Can we be in an age where our faith is making more of a difference? Is the enfolding of social activism back into evangelicalism taking hold? Certainly, the potential is there. (Rolling Stone) What do you think of the evangelical movement that we see in the United States now?
(Bono) I’m wary of faith outside of actions. I’m wary of religiosity that ignores the wider world. In 2001, only seven percent of evangelicals polled felt it incumbent upon themselves to respond to the AIDS emergency. This appalled me. I asked for meetings with as many church leaders as would have them with me. I used my background in the Scriptures to speak to them about the so-called leprosy of our age and how I felt Christ would respond to it. And they had better get to it quickly, or they would be very much on the other side of what God was doing in the world.
Amazingly, they did respond. I couldn’t believe it. It almost ruined it for me — ’cause I love giving out about the church and Christianity. But they actually came through: Jesse Helms, you know, publicly repents for the way he thinks about AIDS.
I’ve started to see this community as a real resource in America. I have described them as “narrow-minded idealists.” If you can widen the aperture of that idealism, these people want to change the world. They want their lives to have meaning. And it’s one of the things that the Democratic Party has missed out on. You know, so much of the moral high ground in the past was Democratic: FDR, RFK, Cesar Chavez. Now I suppose it’s Hillary’s passion for cheaper medical care. And Teddy Kennedy, of course.
Another interesting note about us evangelicals and AIDS is that Rick Warren has now taken up this cause. You can find information at purposedriven.com about the conference being offered on this issue.