I think a lot of people hate U2, and more specifically Bono because he is leads quite possibly the most popular secular christian rock band of all time. There is too much hate against God and a lack of belief today. I am not sure when it was ever cool to consider yourself a Christian. I know I certainly didn't feel cool in my navy blue slacks and white button down oxford shirt for my 8 years of catholic school growing up.
In the church of U2 that I grew up in Bono was the voice of the catholic in hiding. I always felt a difference between myself and the heathens who had no faith. Church wasn't cool. Having Christian beliefs was lame. It is easy to live your life without faith. Without faith I think there is a little sociopath that is so much easier to come out. You are truly free to live a life without consequences without faith. Luckily, in theory, our society is based on a faith in God. Our laws are based on the golden rule which comes from Christ and the bible. Without faith we would be a completely lawless society.
So back to U2. Growing up their music spoke to me. I was raised in a family without any real cultural identity. Thank God I had so many Irish Catholic friends growing up that were willing to bestow their culture on me. I remember the first time I heard U2, but that's not what this story is about. The first time I truly HEARD U2 I was sitting in the living room at the Lynch's house. They had a little turntable in the corner of the dining room and one of the girls, Bridget was playing U2's War. I knew of Sunday Bloody Sunday, and New Years Day from the radio back when WMMS actually played stuff like that.
Then the last track comes on. A song called "40". Here is a rock band with the balls to come out and say we have faith.
Psalm 144:9 says "I will sing a new song to you, my God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you."
U2 comes out and says I waited patiently for the Lord. He inclined and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit, Out of the miry clay...
I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song
And that wasn't the first time they brought faith into their lyrics nor would it be the last. They would hide little Easter Eggs, some completely obvious and others not so much in multiple songs through their career. They never deny their faith, but they never shove it down your throat like so many christian rock bands do. It's like a wink to those with faith to say if you are washed in the blood you'll understand that little verse. If you're not still enjoy the pop song.
I think because of these little nods to Christ people hate U2. There is no way anyone can hate the music of U2. There has got to be at least one song they put out that resonates with you. Sure the new stuff might not be as good, but they wrote some amazing songs. Anthems like Sunday Bloody Sunday, ballads like One, rock songs like I Will Follow. There has got to be a U2 song you like.
A Spiritual Guide To U2 Playlist
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
"Wake Up Dead Man"
"Love Rescue Me"
"The Playboy Mansion"
"Pride In The Name of Love"
"Until the End of the World"
"Crumbs From Your Table"
"Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of"
"One Tree Hill"
"I Will Follow"