This is what we do for the joy of the King,
For His peaceable Kingdom,
For a world in despair.
And this is why we bring any hope we can give,
Any bread from the table,
Any touch of His hand.
This is what we do.
This is where we go.
This is why we sing.
This is how we live.
This is who we are.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

U2's Bono - Social Conscience of a Generation

U2's Bono recently addressed poverty and AIDS in a speech at the NAACP Awards Banquet. Diane Davis posted a YouTube video of this remarkable speech a few days ago.  Here is the "preachin'" part of the message:

To those in the church who still sit in judgment on the AIDS emergency, let me climb into the pulpit for just one moment.  Because, whatever thoughts we have about God, who He is, or even if God exists, most will agree that 

     God has a special place for the poor.    

                The poor are where God lives.  

God is in the slums in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house

               God is where the opportunity is lost and                   lives are shattered.  

        God is with the mother who has infected her child with a virus that will take both their lives. 

 God is under the rubble, in the cries we hear                   during wartime.  

       God, my friends, is with the poor, and              God is with us if we are with them.  

This is not a burden--this is an adventure.  

           Don't let anyone tell you it                                           cannot be done. 

 We can be the generation that ends                extreme poverty.


Diane Davis said...

i've seen these words of bono before, but to hear it made it so much more real. i've watched that clip on my blog several times and it makes me cry everytime. i think people have different aspects of spirituality that are important to them. for me it is Justice. that is my picture of so much that leads to God. i'm glad you watched the clip and talked about it on your blog too. :)

Kristi said...

if only more christians thought like bono.

SingingShrink said...

well said. makes me think twice before judging. Am I judging the people suffering from the problem, the problem itself, those people who originally created the problem, or what? Maybe we're all not sure what to think because we're afraid of the problem...