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Hey Bono: ONE

October 22, 2009
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This is a continued discussion inspired by the recent U2 Concert. I repeat that I loved the show and the experience but hey there were some things I would have liked to say to Bono after a few of the corny “we are the world” moments.

I truly love the U2 song One. In fact a couple of years ago it inspired our yearly theme. At one point the lyrics go, “One love, One blood , One life, You got to do what you should, One life, With each other, Sisters, Brothers, One life, But we’re not the same, We get to , Carry each other , Carry each other….”

Before the song Bono informed us that the song related his hope that we could all be one. No borders, no nationalities, all just united as one. You know, go around singing kumbaya together.

Do you know how well things go when we humans get together and try to be united? Genesis 11 shows us an example of humans uniting. There is a lot of one in the text. Now depending on your take of the story, God was either extremely jealous or extremely concerned about what we humans would do to ourselves as we built this city instead of spreading out obediently over the earth.

I tend to believe the later. One study had this to say about urban areas, “Throughout most of human history, populations were not large enough to sustain highly transmissible infectious diseases for long periods of time. Now, however, this is no longer the case. Because people are living closer to one another in often unsanitary environments, the potential for infectious disease transmission is much higher.”

Can you imagine what the world would have been like if we had tried to all stay as one?

No, I think that unity isn’t always good. Unfortunately the idea of uniting to rid the world of hunger or homelessness or disease are coming at us more and more. I think the idea of 2 Corinthians 6:14 comes into play here. What partnership exists between righteousness and lawlessness? What fellowship is there with light and darkness?

Wanting to do good is great.
We are called to do justice. Wanting to impact the world in a positive way for God’s glory is a part of the Kingdom’s mission, but if we are part of the Kingdom we should know that this won’t come uniting around poverty or disease, it will come when people unite around Christ.

When “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” then and only then we will be one.

Until that time lets do good when and where we can but let’s not forget Jesus is still the answer.

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  1. October 23, 2009 6:32 pm

    Excellant post Darin!
    Love the song ONE by u2.
    I have fond memories of it because by wife and I danced to it at the u2 concert in San Antonio.
    It definately relates to the church. “We are one but where not the same…”

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