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U2’s New Album deemed um….Christian?

An article written over at Christian Post Christian Post discusses a thought posed by some “theologians” that the band U2’s latest album is their “most thoroughly Christian” to date.  I wonder if that’s  in comparison to their others?  Listen, I know most won’t deny that U2 is a great secular band, while years ago I was a fan of some of their older albums, namely Achtung Baby, I hesitate to call any of their albums Christian.  You can’t fill one song with “spiritual” overtones and then fill the next with lust and revelry.  It just doesn’t mix.  In  my opinion it seems like a way to straddle the fence and appeal to a secular audience as well as a “Christian” audience. 

If the band’s lead singer, Bono, wants to claim Christianity, that’s on him.  I’m not here to condemn or judge.  But I am quick to point out those who might lead Christians astray.  Perhaps I would take the band’s religiosity a little more serious if they were to partake in a less partying and a less free flowing foul language.  Until then, this seems another attempt to fit a secular worldview into a biblical worldview.  If you want to listen to U2, that’s your choice, just don’t expect to hear the Gospel and if you find yourself straining to figure out if the band is singing about Christ, maybe He doesn’t exist in the song.

Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Christian National Day of Prayer

Wednesday Christians nationwide are joining together for a national day of prayer and fasting for America.

From the article on ChristianPost.com

Participants will pray and confess their sins to God and commit to obeying His laws in hopes that God will rescue the country from its current economic crisis.

“America’s greatest need is to cry out to God about the sins in America, humble ourselves in prayer and start obeying what God says in the Holy Bible,” said prayer host Steve Krotoski of Pray Daily America, in a statement.

“Jesus Christ is our hope. He died for our sins and rose from the dead,” Krotoski said. “Every day more and more people realize our nation’s sins are great and want to return to obedience to God in our government, families and communities, as America’s founders did.”

The prayer event’s host noted that America’s founders were political Christians and they also held days of prayer and fasting for the country.

“Following Jesus is the way out of the bad economy,” Pray Daily America stresses. “Obedience is what made America the number one country in the world.”

As part of the event, which is described as a “celebration of returning to God,” Pray Daily America will produce a special TV show called “In God We Trust” that will be shown on www.PrayDailyAmerica.com’s Web site on March 4 at 6 pm. The ministry plans to air the program on TV stations as they receive donations.

Christians and pastors regardless of denominations are urged to gather together and pray. The ministry notes that many churches hold regularly gatherings on Wednesday and can easily incorporate a prayer time into their session.

Christian Music gets Counselor suspended

For a few weeks now, I’ve been reading stories about a Christian persecution taking place overseas.  I’m not talking about remote countries where tribes are fighting daily, or a radical Muslim group, this persecution has been taking place in Great Britain.  Let me just provide you with a brief overview of the latest two:

February 12, 2009 – U.K. A school secretary’s 5 year old daughter who mentioned the name of Jesus was scolded by her teacher for doing so.  Because her daughter became so upset over the matter, the mother emailed a prayer request about the situation to some of her friends at church.  The school found out about the “prayer email” and now the secretary faces disciplinary action for professional misconduct because of both her and her daughter’s profession of faith. WND

February 2, 2009 – U.K. A Christian nurse was suspended for failing to display “personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity.”  Her crime?  The community nurse visited an elderly woman and asked the patient if she could pray for her, to which the patient said no.  When she returned home that day, she found a message on her answering machine stating that she had been suspended without pay and would be forced to attend a disciplinary meeting.  She has since been reinstated. WND

I don’t recall hearing either of these in the mainstream media, as they were likely dismissed as trivial, but there are patterns of this behavior that are beginning to take shape.  Which is why I wasn’t surprised when I heard the latest story of Christian persecution.  Except this time it happened in the United States, specifically in California.  The story broke in 2006, also not covered in the mainstream media, but a lawsuit was filed just last week on behalf of a veteran youth counselor, for abused/abandoned children, who was suspended 6 weeks without pay.  Her crime, “exposing children to unapproved religious activities.”  You might be thinking, “Who is she to be preaching to kids about her faith?  Those children could have different beliefs and she shouldn’t try to influence them.”  Maybe, only she wasn’t preaching or sharing her own faith.  The counselor had taken four teenage girls on an approved field trip to the Anaheim 5k run and then to the beach.  While there, the group watched a surfing contest from the pier and overheard a few minutes of Christian music.  Let me repeat that, the group overheard a few minutes of Christian music.  This resulted in the suspension of the youth counselor. The counselor has since filed suit on February 13, 2009, for religious discrimination. ChristianPost

I know these are just three incidents and there are a lot more, many of which are happening in countries of our closest allies, but many also are happening here in the U.S.  This isn’t a pattern that is short-lived or isolated.  I believe this is what is coming.  I don’t say that to strike fear in the heart of anyone, but for it to serve as a wake-up call to Christians everywhere.  Now is the time to strengthen your faith, return to church, begin reading your Bible and praying. 

Matthew 5:10-12 “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”