Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Personal Faith: Bono

Paul Hewson, aka Bono, is one of the world's most famous and richest musicians. He is frontman for the band U2, but is also a businessman, spokesperson and philanthropist. Many of U2's songs, which he writes, contain religious, social, and political themes. He was brought up a mixture of Church of Ireland (Protestant) and Catholic, although baptised Catholic.

His faith remains a key feature of his music, and is said to have inspired his philanthropist work, particularly in Africa. In this interview he talks frankly about his faith:

"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money"
Matthew 6:24

Bono is said to be worth nearly £400million... is it still possible for him to be a good Christian? He has been accused of not paying taxes, which are (in part) used to fund the welfare state in Ireland, is this Christian? Is it possible to serve two masters? Does Bono not use his fame and fortune to benefit the poor? Does it surprise you that he and his family still have a deep personal faith?

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