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Bono’s Advice to Christian Musicians: Get Real

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 29JAN11 - Bono, Lead Singer of U2 and Co-Founder, ONE campaign and (RED), ONE, United Kingdom, during a facebook interview, during the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 29, 2011. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by Moritz Hager
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From The Washington Post: 

Years ago, Bono invited a Christian writer to meet him, and the writer turned him down.

Eugene Peterson, whose translation of the Bible into contemporary language,“The Message,” has proven enormously popular, was hard at work on adapting the Old Testament.

A flabbergasted interviewer heard that Peterson had said no to the lead singer of U2. “It’s Bono, for crying out loud,” journalist Dean Nelson said. And Peterson responded coolly, “Dean, it was Isaiah.”

Now, Peterson is finished with Isaiah. And through a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, the two men finally sat down face-to-face at Peterson’s home in Montana for a discussion of the Biblical poetry that has inspired Bono’s songwriting.

The result is a short documentary, “The Psalms,” which was released Tuesday.

…The U2 frontman offered some advice for Christian musicians. “I find in Christian art a lot of dishonesty, and I think it’s a shame,” Bono said.

“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,” Bono said. “Why I am suspicious of Christians is because of this lack of realism.”

Check out the short film below.

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Deacon Greg Kandra
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Deacon Greg Kandra is a Roman Catholic deacon in the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. For nearly three decades, he was a writer and producer for CBS News, where he contributed to a variety of programs and was honored with every major award in broadcasting. Deacon Greg now serves as Multimedia Editor for Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA.) He and his wife live in Forest Hills, New York.
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