Bono Thinks That Worship Music Has An Honesty Problem. Is He Right?

Posted by Craig Borlase on 26 May 2016

 

Last year, Bono and Eugene Peterson got together to talk about the Psalms. The result was this 20 minute short that notched up more than a quarter of a million views in its first week.

Besides serving up just enough smiles – Bono acting the fool, Eugene getting confused about mosh pits and Rolling Stone magazine – there’s plenty of punch to it as well.

Especially when Bono starts talking about worship music…

“The Psalmist is brutally honest about the explosive joy that he’s feeling and the deep sorrow or confusion, and it’s that which sets the Psalms apart for me. And I often think why isn't church music more like that?”

“I find a lot of dishonesty in Christian art.”

“I'm suspicious of this lack of realism.”

“Having feelings is perfectly normal. It's ok to let them out.”

Eugene doesn’t disagree, and it wouldn’t be the first time that worship songwriters have been accused of forgetting how to lament.

Is Bono right? In our quest to be passionately devoted to God, have we somehow narrowed the focus of our emotions? Or are we simply leaning more towards Praise these days?

Are we too drawn to the songs which make us feel good rather than the songs which help us be real? Is that even a bad thing?

Even if we could start to write some proper laments, how could we weave them in to our current worship set format? Or maybe you think we don’t need to… that lament is private rather than public.

Tell us what you think, what your experiences are and how you’d respond to Bono.

 

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