Sunday, December 18, 2005

Bono named a Person of the Year by TIME

"For being shrewd about doing good, for rewiring politics and re-engineering justice, for making mercy smarter and hope strategic and then daring the rest of us to follow, Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono are TIME's Persons of the Year."

There's no question that Bono's meeting with Lynne Hybels was a major turning point in our church's involvement with Africa. To me this is unequivocally a positive change. It needed to happen. But lately I've heard a small number of folks complaining about Bono's impact on the leadership of the church. After all, the man did drop the "F" bomb on national television, what right does he have to tell a pastor how to do ministry? See below for two different perspectives on this question.


Lauren said...

just because someone uses foul language does not mean they are not a good person/good Christian. I don't think the two have anything to do with each other.

I'm sad that Angelina Jolie isn't one of the people of the year. I think she should come before the Gates Bozos. She's a great person and she's totally hot.

Kim Traynor said...

Hi Lauren, I agree with you. What the second argument I linked to says is that it doesn't matter so much if a person does things differently than we do, what matters is that they speak the truth, and Bono has done that about the crisis in Africa.

About the Gates couple...I really didn't know much about what they had done until I heard the "persons of the year" report on CNN and it was pretty amazing. It said they had given away more money at a faster rate than anyone in history and that they have revolutionized humanitarian work by treating it with the same standards of efficiency and excellence as one would a business enterprise. It sounds like Bill Gates and his wife are kind of leading the effort to get vaccines to children in third world countries. He was saying that by simply getting all children immunized you could prevent up to 3,000,000 deaths a year!

Lauren said...

maybe so. but... Bill Gates & Co. don't seduce and underss me with their eyes in every single one of their movies. Every one. Even the weird FBI agent one when she fake gets knocked-up with a pschopath's kid just to capture him. (It is set in Canada so you'd expect it to be a little "out there.") Mmmm.. .. Angelina Jolie.

Am I the only one with a total girl-crush on her? I can't be.

Kim Traynor said...

If I ever had a girl-crush it was on good old Agent Scully! As for Angelina, you might be too young to remember the Billy Bob days... Try as I might, I just can't erase the image of her hanging off Billy Bob with a coked-out glaze in her eyes and a stroke-victim leer on her lips...spooky!

Friar Tuck said...

I think Bono and the Gates family were good choices, if for no other reason that to push others to use the celebrity they have been given in similar fashion.

As for the other stuff...who gives a F*** if Bono drops the f-bomb.

And for the record...I am not sure how distant they were from their faith in the 90s. Just in a different phase.

As for the hotness of girls that are discussed. Both are attractive. Alyson Hannigan (Buffy, American Pie, How I met your mother) should also be on the list.

Lauren said...

Kim... too young? I'm not Lindsay, or anything like that! :o)
I'm nearly 22 1/2, I remember the Billy Bob days and although they were creepy (vials of eachother's blood... Ew!) But, we all go through an embarrassing stage. Anyway, I always thought, deep down in my heart, that things didn't work out with them because Angelina was secretly in love with me.
I guess I was wrong. But with those eyes and those lips... I'm sure I'm not he only one deceived by her sexuality.

Scott said...


That's hardly an anti-Bono argument. If you're looking for some of the things a lot of people who have not fallen under the Bono trance have been put off by for a long time then this article might be more in line...

Kim Traynor said...

Pfft right back at you. "Some of the things?" I only found one thing and it was significantly misquoted and out of context.

The incident that girl is writing about is smack-dad in the middle of a three song anti-war set and it goes like this.

"Jesus, Jew/ Muhammed, it's true/ Jesus, Jew/ Muhammed, it's true/ All sons of Abraham

Father Abraham, Father Abraham/ Where are you now, Father Abraham?/
Father Abraham, look what you've done/ You've pitted son against son.

No more, no more, no more."

If this is a call to universalism from the anti-christ it's a pretty lame one. To see it in all it's heathen glory for yourself let me know (I have it on DVD so that when I want to worship at the altar of Satan all I have to do is pop it in the Sony and kill a chicken!)