Bono Calls Jesus ‘The Son of God’ In New Interview, Christians Everywhere Prepare To Freak Out

Tomorrow I’ll be starting my Blogmatics series, but today I thought I’d due my Christian duty and warn you that the internet is likely to shut down sometime in the next few days.

How do I know that?

Because Bono said something about Jesus.

But not just any something. Bono called Jesus ‘the Son of God’ in a new interview with Focus on the Family.

And if history tells us anything, it’s that Christians everywhere freak out whenever Bono says something even remotely positive about his faith. Now he’s apparently laying all his cards on the table, which means we need to prepare for Bono-Jesus overload.

When you combine that most innate of American Christian desires to have a celebrity brother or sister in Christ, with the quasi-hero worship of Bono, and mix in the untamed juggernaut that is social media you have yourself a recipe for total internet overload.

Look, I know Twitter and Facebook have some great servers.

But are those servers strong enough to handle posting “OMG!!! OMG!!! OMG!!! BONO LOVES JESUS!!!” a billion times a minute (and that’s just a rough per person estimate)?

I kinda doubt it.

Now, I could be wrong. The internet is a funny thing. Maybe people won’t get that excited. Maybe they’re still scarred over Mumford & Sons’ refusal to become a worship band.

But this is Bono, he’s like the patron saint of Christian celebrities.

If he is for us, then who can be against us!

U2’s Bono: Yes, Jesus is the Son of God

By Joe Kovacs, The Star Treatment

Bono, the lead singer of the Irish rock band U2, is declaring that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is indeed the Son of God.

In a brand-new interview with Focus on the Family set to air Tuesday, the rock star and activist sounded like “Mere Christianity” author C.S. Lewis who argued Jesus was a lunatic, liar or Lord.

“When people say ‘Good teacher,’ ‘Prophet,’ ‘Really nice guy,’ … this is not how Jesus thought of himself,” Bono said. “So, you’re left with a challenge in that, which is either Jesus was who He said He was or a complete and utter nut case.”

“And I believe that Jesus was, you know, the Son of God,” Bono said, according to a transcript provided to Religion News Service. “I understand that for some people and we need to … if I could be so bold, need to be really, really respectful to people who find that ridiculous.”

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  • Helen

    I’m pretty grossed out that he did an interview with Focus on the Family.

  • JR

    Typical snark from you. No surprises.

  • Robert Martin

    Frankly, I’m glad Bono doesn’t make a big deal about his faith… and I think we should be careful not to celebratize him… because, when we do, inevitably, he’ll slip… as all humans do… and then there’s egg ALLLLLL over the faces of folks…

    …let the man do his faith thing, let him be faithful… in the meantime, what are WE doing with our faith? Bono seems to be following what appears to be “in the cards” for his gifts and passions… are we doing the same? *sigh* Pop-culture… love it and hate it both…

  • daryl carpenter

    For a global media superstar there’s a surprising naivety to Bono’s faith. The trilema? David writing most of the Psalms? This is Sunday school stuff, but it’s good to see he still has a childlike outlook on the world.

  • meg

    I’m not sure why people should be surprised at this. I’ve been hearing Bono talk about Jesus since the 80s. I’m just glad when any celebrity isn’t ashamed to talk about their faith – or even the fact that they have faith. I have seen celebs pretend to be aloof about God, Religion or Church and then find out they actually are church goers. Then I wonder why they pretend otherwise.

  • Karen

    476 comments over at the original post site and counting-mostly from trolls. Boy! They done opened a can of worms. Wish they’d close comments-that comments thread is a sad commentary on what ails great sectors of American Christianity.

  • Brett FISH Anderson

    ha ha great call on getting the blog out early… but to be honest Bono had has his cards firmly on the table for years – anyone who read ‘Bono on Bono’ could no longer doubt that from that evidence that he was a Christ follower – think he probably always has been [well ‘always’ as in for a long time] but just not necessarily in the most obvious of ways – the music has varied from subtle to explicit and he’s certainly thrown out confusers in concerts and interviews through the years so it will be interesting to see if this time people jump higher and scream louder.

    i actually got retweeted by Bono once [@thatoneguy] and he hardly uses the tweeter but was one along the lines of ‘The Bible can be summed up by four words: Love God, love people.’ so ja, let’s see [heard a rumour that they might be releasing two albums soon and one is completely based on the psalms?]

    • ZackHunt

      I think I’m going to have to had “get retweeted by Bono” to my bucket list. :)

  • Stephanie

    I agree. The most shocking thing abou this is that it allegedly came from a Focus on the Family interview. I think FotF stands for a whole lot of things Bono doesn’t support, primarily their anti-gay agenda. I don’t think he would do an interview with them. Then again, George Clooney did his stint on the 700 Club, so things like that can happen. I would have to know more about the interview in its entirety before I’d believe it actually happened.

  • MichaelL65

    So Evangelicals finally got over Bono’s Grammy “f”aux pas where they were ready to crucify him and the network?