Sunday, February 1, 2009

Grace and Karma According to Bono

I recently read an article (I found it here) about some of major themes coursing through U2's lyrics and concerts. Below is a quote from Bono. I appreciate the way he communicates using current idiom to articulate transformational truths.

"
You see, at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics—in physical laws—every action is met by an equal or an opposite one…. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that…. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff…. It doesn’t excuse my mistakes, but I’m holding out for Grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don’t have to depend on my own religiosity…. The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death. That’s the point. It should keep us humbled…. It’s not our own good works that get us through the gates of Heaven." (Michka Assayas, Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas (New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2005), 203-204; as quoted in Harmon, "U2: Unexpected Prophets")

3 comments:

Wendy said...

I think in some other place (quite possibly the ridiculously large U2byU2 coffee table book)he summed it up like this "Grace trumps Karma". I keep that one in my back pocket...

M Crane said...

Thanks Wendy. Definitely more succinct.

David said...

On the "All That You Can't Leave Behind" album there is a beautiful song called, "Grace." In it he sings, "Grace travels outside of karma.

I can't wait until the new album comes out- March 2nd! (no advertisement, just a big fan.