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.