I have vastly underrated U2’s The Joshua Tree album over the last couple of years, but it is a great album once I got over the hurdles, hurdles that I ignored in times past for the love of the album. One of those hurdles was coming to terms with the song I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.
It’s a song about Christian faith (‘You know I believe it’), but there’s a downbeat note to it. Often, this is interpreted to mean that one hasn’t found the answer in their faith in Jesus Christ, but this isn’t the point of the song, as I see it.
Bono is not dismissing faith at all in this song. To say one hasn’t found what one is looking for isn’t ruling out faith. The point, as I see it, is one can still have faith in God and feel lost and troubled at times.
Bono, the writer and singer of the song, is normalising a person of faith, that a person of faith who believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord can be in all sorts of predicament and states that arise from life itself and the human condition.
Bono, it appears, has done us a service by saying that people of faith still struggle with their human nature. People of faith are imperfect and not immune from feeling anxious and lost.
Bono shows leadership in pointing this out, when, in this day and age, and in the past, people of faith have hidden their human nature and feelings of lostness.
Bono is normalising people of faith as feeling the very real emotions of being out of touch and disconnected. According to I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, people can believe and put their faith in Jesus Christ and still be utterly broken and human.
This can be an encouragement for someone of faith who feels they haven’t got it all together. It’s normal to feel lost and troubled at times, even people who have faith suffer.
At last, I have found what I was looking for in I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. It’s great music by itself. Now the penny’s dropped, it’s even better.
5 out of 5 stars