When we began collecting submissions for Get Up Off Your Knees, it immediately became apparent that a very high number of preachers from all traditions -- though they might not know anything about U2's history, about their stated faith commitments, or about any of their full albums -- sure did know the song "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."
I began to suspect, in fact, that one or more illustrations based on it had been spread worldwide by one of those "preacher's helps" services that serves up pre-digested bits of culture to incorporate into your sermons for $39.99 a year. Email after email was arriving in my inbox with submissions that briefly quoted the title and then moved on to the preacher's real topic. Of course, there were also some good sermons on the song -- Steve Stockman's reading in tandem with Philippians 3, and Darlene Pryds' use of it to reflect on the overall seeking spirit of a generation, both made it into the book. If memory serves, we may have said no to one or two other quality submissions simply because we didn't want to overdo references to one title when U2's catalog is so rich in homiletical potential.
At any rate, by the time the book came out I basically never wanted to read another reflection on this song -- and its refrain continues to be, so far as I can see, the most frequently used piece of U2's art in Christian contexts. To avoid redundancy, I've long since stopped linking material here that simply refers to the title or last verse, or uses the song to illustrate the simple idea that "we're all looking for something in life...." I've wondered, in fact, if there can possibly be anything else to say in dialogue with this piece of music.
The current installment of @U2's occasional column Like a Song answers that: Yes. There is definitely more to say in dialogue with this piece of music. Do not miss this soulful, thoughtful, and balanced piece of writing by Matt McGee.