A Playlist for Bono

Bono (of the band U2) recently discussed the Psalms with Eugene Peterson in an interview published in conjunction with a new spiritual formation initiative at Fuller Seminary. Fascinating stuff. I enjoyed. If nothing else, Fuller sure does know their audience.

In the midst of the interview, Bono expresses that he finds “a lot of dishonesty” in modern Christian music. Which, of course, is probably true if your exposure to Christians who make music is limited to mainstream Evangelical subcultures. He says, “I would love if this conversation would inspire people who are writing these beautiful… gospel songs, write a song about their bad marriage. Write a song about how they’re pissed off at the government. Because that’s what God wants from you, the truth…And that truthfulness …. will blow things apart.”

Don’t get me wrong Bono…I get it, but I do hope you get to meet some more Christians soon, apart from the folks that you (in particular) have influenced the most. There are a lot of us out there who admire, eat, and stew over the kind of truth and beauty you hint at in this interview. I know you know that, I’m just fulfilling my moral duty to tell you the truth and point you toward some of the realism you desire. Here’s a playlist. A few places to start your education. Let me know if you need more.