In the introduction to Miracle Drug on Saturday night, Bono said, "We have faith in the future." He was referring to the progress that doctors and scientists make in providing needed drugs and treatments for ill people. He suggested that God inspires them in their work. Beyond just medicine though, U2's faith in the future is a common theme in their music.
This "faith in the future" seems itself to be a God-inspired view of the world in which the kingdom values of the Bible are lived out here on earth. U2 sings about love and peace (or else) because those are values of the kingdom. They sing of justice and equality because those are values of the kingdom. They sing of ending poverty and extending grace and living in a world where the streets have no name because those are values of the kingdom. They have faith in the future.
And then I look at me. I certainly believe in the kingdom and cherish the biblical values of the kingdom, but my dispensational theology argues against having any faith in the future. Aren't things just going to go from bad to worse until Jesus finally pulls the plug on this experiment? Is this kind of eschatological pessimism biblical and faith-inspired? I am undecided.
Bono feels to me like a prophet - saying what needs to be said in a way that makes me increasingly uncomfortable and unsure of my theological systems. But before I dismiss him as some liberal or one-world activist, I need to remember that my carefully devised charts of the kingdom are more out of tune and out of place with the prophetic song of the kingdom found in the Bible than his songs are.
Maybe I need more faith in the future.