Excerpt, Huffington Post – Bono wants Christian music to get more honest
Modern Christian worship music has often been critiqued for its mediocrity—the repetition of the same four chords, the same set of reliably inspirational words, and theological jargon that leaves outsiders bewildered.
Bono, who has become more outspoken about his Christian faith in recent years, is advocating for a return to the raw and honest emotion of the Psalms.
“The psalmist is brutally honest about the explosive joy that he’s feeling and the deep sorrow or confusion,” the singer said in Fuller Studio‘s newly released documentary The Psalms. “And I often think, ‘Gosh, well, why isn’t church music more like that?’”
The singer’s comments in the film were part of a wide-ranging conversation he had with Eugene Peterson, a pastor and scholar who is best known for “The Message,” a translation of the Bible into contemporary language. The film documents the friendship between the unlikely pair, who were drawn together by their common interest in this ancient book of the Bible.
Peterson talked about how his translation of the Psalms are as close as he could get to the original meaning of the text.
“It’s not smooth, it’s not nice, it’s not pretty, but it’s honest,” Peterson said. “I think we’re trying for honesty, which is very, very hard in our culture…” | READ full article on HuffingtonPost.com