Bill Hybels and Bono: Odd Pair Together on AIDS Crisis

BonosingerHIV/AIDS is a "fixable" epidemic and one that is "the greatest social cause" right now says rockstar Bono of the band U2 and of the One Campaign.  Bill Hybels is a megachurch pastor in Chicago.  At a Leadership Conference, Hybels interviews Bono.  Some of my blogging friends have done some good retrospect on this encounter.  The Leadership Summit is a conference that includes thousands of pastors and leaders simulcast to hundreds of locations around the U.S.  Willow Creek puts this on each year and the two that I went to were notable.  Anyway, here are some links to read futher about this encounter with Christian leaders…

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What do you think, though, about the thought that it takes a rockstar to awaken us evangelicals to help the millions in peril in Africa? 

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  1. Two comments:
    1) Bono misrepresents (I assume unintentionally) the work being done in Africa by the Church. I appreciate his take on the Church, however, ‘Love Jesus not the Church’ is just a little too trendy and easy to swallow (something about ‘sweet in the mouth and sour in the belly’ is ringing a scriptural bell here!); and so I must respectfully disagree with much of what I have read from Bono. Were it not for the Church’s historical work in Africa, Bono would likely not even be involved in an effort to help the people of the continent. There have been Spirit-driven ‘white’ men and women giving their life’s blood to the people of Africa for centuries, and there has been involvement at the level of material help for at least that long. I appreciate Bono’s call to get involved (see my next point) but feel that there is a lack of understanding of just what the Church IS and what it has been up to…

    2) Of course, there are some ‘christians’ who are driven by the passions that drove Christ. These are the men and women who sell their bodies mercilessly to the benefit of mankind. They are, unfortunately, a minority. The western Church has long been marked by worldliness. This is why a worldly icon like Bono has such a voice in the Church. A Christian who is more concerned with the latest CD at the top of the charts than with his Master, will likely only hear his Master’s words when they are spoken through the mouth of a rockstar. I do believe Bono’s call to these causes is God calling men and women to His work. I would hope, however, that Christian men and women would hear that voice first and loudest when they turn to Jesus with their eyes to His words, their mouths to prayer, and their hearts toward His will; rather than when they watch MTV.

  2. Two comments:
    1) Bono misrepresents (I assume unintentionally) the work being done in Africa by the Church. I appreciate his take on the Church, however, ‘Love Jesus not the Church’ is just a little too trendy and easy to swallow (something about ‘sweet in the mouth and sour in the belly’ is ringing a scriptural bell here!); and so I must respectfully disagree with much of what I have read from Bono. Were it not for the Church’s historical work in Africa, Bono would likely not even be involved in an effort to help the people of the continent. There have been Spirit-driven ‘white’ men and women giving their life’s blood to the people of Africa for centuries, and there has been involvement at the level of material help for at least that long. I appreciate Bono’s call to get involved (see my next point) but feel that there is a lack of understanding of just what the Church IS and what it has been up to…

    2) Of course, there are some ‘christians’ who are driven by the passions that drove Christ. These are the men and women who sell their bodies mercilessly to the benefit of mankind. They are, unfortunately, a minority. The western Church has long been marked by worldliness. This is why a worldly icon like Bono has such a voice in the Church. A Christian who is more concerned with the latest CD at the top of the charts than with his Master, will likely only hear his Master’s words when they are spoken through the mouth of a rockstar. I do believe Bono’s call to these causes is God calling men and women to His work. I would hope, however, that Christian men and women would hear that voice first and loudest when they turn to Jesus with their eyes to His words, their mouths to prayer, and their hearts toward His will; rather than when they watch MTV.

  3. Two comments:
    1) Bono misrepresents (I assume unintentionally) the work being done in Africa by the Church. I appreciate his take on the Church, however, ‘Love Jesus not the Church’ is just a little too trendy and easy to swallow (something about ‘sweet in the mouth and sour in the belly’ is ringing a scriptural bell here!); and so I must respectfully disagree with much of what I have read from Bono. Were it not for the Church’s historical work in Africa, Bono would likely not even be involved in an effort to help the people of the continent. There have been Spirit-driven ‘white’ men and women giving their life’s blood to the people of Africa for centuries, and there has been involvement at the level of material help for at least that long. I appreciate Bono’s call to get involved (see my next point) but feel that there is a lack of understanding of just what the Church IS and what it has been up to…

    2) Of course, there are some ‘christians’ who are driven by the passions that drove Christ. These are the men and women who sell their bodies mercilessly to the benefit of mankind. They are, unfortunately, a minority. The western Church has long been marked by worldliness. This is why a worldly icon like Bono has such a voice in the Church. A Christian who is more concerned with the latest CD at the top of the charts than with his Master, will likely only hear his Master’s words when they are spoken through the mouth of a rockstar. I do believe Bono’s call to these causes is God calling men and women to His work. I would hope, however, that Christian men and women would hear that voice first and loudest when they turn to Jesus with their eyes to His words, their mouths to prayer, and their hearts toward His will; rather than when they watch MTV.

  4. Two comments:
    1) Bono misrepresents (I assume unintentionally) the work being done in Africa by the Church. I appreciate his take on the Church, however, ‘Love Jesus not the Church’ is just a little too trendy and easy to swallow (something about ‘sweet in the mouth and sour in the belly’ is ringing a scriptural bell here!); and so I must respectfully disagree with much of what I have read from Bono. Were it not for the Church’s historical work in Africa, Bono would likely not even be involved in an effort to help the people of the continent. There have been Spirit-driven ‘white’ men and women giving their life’s blood to the people of Africa for centuries, and there has been involvement at the level of material help for at least that long. I appreciate Bono’s call to get involved (see my next point) but feel that there is a lack of understanding of just what the Church IS and what it has been up to…

    2) Of course, there are some ‘christians’ who are driven by the passions that drove Christ. These are the men and women who sell their bodies mercilessly to the benefit of mankind. They are, unfortunately, a minority. The western Church has long been marked by worldliness. This is why a worldly icon like Bono has such a voice in the Church. A Christian who is more concerned with the latest CD at the top of the charts than with his Master, will likely only hear his Master’s words when they are spoken through the mouth of a rockstar. I do believe Bono’s call to these causes is God calling men and women to His work. I would hope, however, that Christian men and women would hear that voice first and loudest when they turn to Jesus with their eyes to His words, their mouths to prayer, and their hearts toward His will; rather than when they watch MTV.

  5. It was Bono who had the street cred to be able to go to the Bush administration and ask for the funds to treat 500,000 AIDS patients in Africa. He got it. I’m not sure any Christian leader would have.
    Thing is, Bono hasn’t typically aligned himself with the conservative Christians in our country, so a lot of people are loathe to call him a brother. And that’s sad. Bono is using his fame and celebrity to bring healing to a lot of people. He seems to be acknowledging the church’s recent awakening to world-wide social causes, and reaching out to the churches himself.

    So yeah, maybe it does take a rock star to help wake the church up. And Bono seems the guy to do it. Our own traditional Christian leaders seemed to have dropped the ball on that one.

  6. It was Bono who had the street cred to be able to go to the Bush administration and ask for the funds to treat 500,000 AIDS patients in Africa. He got it. I’m not sure any Christian leader would have.
    Thing is, Bono hasn’t typically aligned himself with the conservative Christians in our country, so a lot of people are loathe to call him a brother. And that’s sad. Bono is using his fame and celebrity to bring healing to a lot of people. He seems to be acknowledging the church’s recent awakening to world-wide social causes, and reaching out to the churches himself.

    So yeah, maybe it does take a rock star to help wake the church up. And Bono seems the guy to do it. Our own traditional Christian leaders seemed to have dropped the ball on that one.

  7. It was Bono who had the street cred to be able to go to the Bush administration and ask for the funds to treat 500,000 AIDS patients in Africa. He got it. I’m not sure any Christian leader would have.
    Thing is, Bono hasn’t typically aligned himself with the conservative Christians in our country, so a lot of people are loathe to call him a brother. And that’s sad. Bono is using his fame and celebrity to bring healing to a lot of people. He seems to be acknowledging the church’s recent awakening to world-wide social causes, and reaching out to the churches himself.

    So yeah, maybe it does take a rock star to help wake the church up. And Bono seems the guy to do it. Our own traditional Christian leaders seemed to have dropped the ball on that one.

  8. It was Bono who had the street cred to be able to go to the Bush administration and ask for the funds to treat 500,000 AIDS patients in Africa. He got it. I’m not sure any Christian leader would have.
    Thing is, Bono hasn’t typically aligned himself with the conservative Christians in our country, so a lot of people are loathe to call him a brother. And that’s sad. Bono is using his fame and celebrity to bring healing to a lot of people. He seems to be acknowledging the church’s recent awakening to world-wide social causes, and reaching out to the churches himself.

    So yeah, maybe it does take a rock star to help wake the church up. And Bono seems the guy to do it. Our own traditional Christian leaders seemed to have dropped the ball on that one.

  9. It does seem sad that it is Bono awakening the church, BUT, he is doing it (please don’t hear me say that he is the only one though…). At the conference this past weekend, men and women who have no clue or who have chosen to “ignore” the AIDS epidemic were given a wakeup call. I give kudos to Hybels who found a way to reach out to the younger emerging church folks and still keeping his credibility as a leader.
    Also, I’ve posted an MP3 of the interview for any who are interested in hearing.

  10. It does seem sad that it is Bono awakening the church, BUT, he is doing it (please don’t hear me say that he is the only one though…). At the conference this past weekend, men and women who have no clue or who have chosen to “ignore” the AIDS epidemic were given a wakeup call. I give kudos to Hybels who found a way to reach out to the younger emerging church folks and still keeping his credibility as a leader.
    Also, I’ve posted an MP3 of the interview for any who are interested in hearing.

  11. It does seem sad that it is Bono awakening the church, BUT, he is doing it (please don’t hear me say that he is the only one though…). At the conference this past weekend, men and women who have no clue or who have chosen to “ignore” the AIDS epidemic were given a wakeup call. I give kudos to Hybels who found a way to reach out to the younger emerging church folks and still keeping his credibility as a leader.
    Also, I’ve posted an MP3 of the interview for any who are interested in hearing.

  12. It does seem sad that it is Bono awakening the church, BUT, he is doing it (please don’t hear me say that he is the only one though…). At the conference this past weekend, men and women who have no clue or who have chosen to “ignore” the AIDS epidemic were given a wakeup call. I give kudos to Hybels who found a way to reach out to the younger emerging church folks and still keeping his credibility as a leader.
    Also, I’ve posted an MP3 of the interview for any who are interested in hearing.

  13. It seems like the church has a tough time acknowledging the success of leaders who aren’t identified as evangelicals. Bono’s used his fame to get tons of good accomplished. Does it matter whether he goes to an evangelical church or not?

  14. It seems like the church has a tough time acknowledging the success of leaders who aren’t identified as evangelicals. Bono’s used his fame to get tons of good accomplished. Does it matter whether he goes to an evangelical church or not?

  15. It seems like the church has a tough time acknowledging the success of leaders who aren’t identified as evangelicals. Bono’s used his fame to get tons of good accomplished. Does it matter whether he goes to an evangelical church or not?

  16. It seems like the church has a tough time acknowledging the success of leaders who aren’t identified as evangelicals. Bono’s used his fame to get tons of good accomplished. Does it matter whether he goes to an evangelical church or not?

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