A Distortion of Desire

U2's "Desire" was their first #1 hit in the UK. Bono's lyrics to the song have some striking similarities to the Apostle Paul's statements about his own desires in Romans 7.  Both Paul and Bono show remarkable self-awareness of how their desires can dominate and frustrate their lives.  In this message, we apply Rene Girard's theory of mimetic desire to these two texts; separated by 2000 years, but full of liberating meaning for today.