David's Blues

June 27, 2013

Earlier this week, rock star Bono appeared on a Focus on the Family radio program. Included in the interesting discussion was a comment Bono made about King David's Psalms of lament (which are quite a few of the Psalms). Bono stated his praise for David's "honest language with God," adding:

First of all, David's a musician, so I'm gonna like him. ... And what's so powerful about the Psalms are, as well as their being Gospel and songs of praise, they are also the Blues. It's very important for Christians to be honest with God, which often, you know, God is much more interested in who you are than who you want to be.
Such a great image that captures the heart of David's tone in many of the Psalms. Bono also referred to Jesus as being "punk rock," adding:
He could see right into that fellow’s heart. He knew he wasn't coming and he was just, it was pretense. We've gotta be a bit more cutting edge, not look to the signs of righteousness. Look to the actions.
So David is singing the Blues and Jesus is offering edgy punk rock. That is the gospel according to a rock star. Recontextualizing the biblical messages like that may help people understand and relate to the passages better. Perhaps we need to put on our (figurative) Bono shades and read the Bible with a creative perspective. A nice U2 soundtrack in the background might help our fresh biblical reading, especially since some churches even hold U2-themed communion services (called a "U2charist")!

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