More than a few folks asked me if I knew about Bono being at one of our services yesterday. My response when asked was…”I hope he was and pray by God’s grace he was encouraged by the truth shared from the Word and the truth we declared in song. As the questions persisted and the pictures circulated…I decided to at least send the below email to my staff team. Thought y’all might also be helped/encouraged by reading it.
Guys…I have heard some say that we had a “celebrity” hanging around Watermark yesterday. I frankly don’t know if it is true or not (and if you ask me to speculate I would doubt it…look a likes abound) and I frankly don’t care. I do care that we love all people well and that we help our people love all people well. It is a completely normal and unsinful response to do a double take when you see something you don’t expect or have a chance to see something of beauty, tragedy, rarity (see also 2 tickets at fair to see big alligators, short horses, etc….) but, after the initial human response, we, as people informed by a Christ, are not to have a normal response, but rather a supra normal (see also divine) response that rules us.
Our job is to lovingly help those who are less mature in their faith, or who have no faith yet, act in a manner that makes everyone feel welcome and communicates that we love people because they are people, whether they are homeless or heroes.
I was going to sign this James 2:1-4…but I know I don’t have to.
Let’s make Watermark famous for how we love lost people, care for one another, speak the truth in love and hold fast to our hope and anchor…not for who may or may not have attended.
Update….I heard later from the friends who brought their friend that my speculation was correct.
If you are interested…this is who was there. http://www.bonodouble.com/ I pray by God’s grace Pavel was encouraged by the truth shared from the Word and the truth we declared in song.