U2 360° tour by Massygo
I show my age when I say I’m a U2 fan. I like their biblical imagery, but their tunes got me well before I detected any Christian underpinning to their lyric.
I only just got around to their last album, ‘No Line on the Horizon’. My favourite song at the moment is ‘Moment of Surrender’. It’s on repeat whenever Ally’s not around. I love the tune. But I also like the lyric, and a couple of the lines got me thinking.
One of the lines is ‘It’s not if I believe in Love … If love believes in me’. It sounds pretty Calvinist to me – God at the centre, rather than us at the centre.
In U2 lyrics, you can often replace ‘Love’ with ‘God’ or with ‘Jesus’ and it makes good sense. ‘Love rescue me’, ‘I have a lover, a lover like no other’ (from The First Time), ‘When love comes to town’, etc.
So I wonder if this line is as close as you’ll get to hearing a mainstream artist making a Calvinist profession. It’s quite similar to this from the apostle Paul: ‘But now that you know God – or rather are known by God…..’ God’s knowledge and beliefs about us are more important and fundamental than ours about him.
The other line that caught my attention from the song was ‘At the moment of surrender of vision over visibility’. It reminds me of the biblical descriptions of hope and faith: ‘But hope that is seen is no hope at all’ and ‘faith is being certain of what we do not see’.
Any others out there who contemplate U2 lyrics from time to time?