The Rowdy One

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Finally, a superstar with something worthwhile to say

More often than not, when rock or film stars yap about social issues they are either offensive to me, ill-informed, or generally both. This, however, I found quite different.

Here is footage from a compelling speech by Bono at the National Prayer Breakfast held exactly two years ago today.

Two points in particular struck me: 1. The Bible speaks of poverty and helping those in need 2,177 times (he references Lev. 25:35-38, among others). 2. Where you live should not determine whether you live.

It is sad to me that, as with other sanctity of human life issues, that poverty has somehow become so politicized that we as Christians often feel we can't get engaged in certain spaces because of who we might encounter alongside us. Yet, God's call to be engaged is certainly no less clear on the issue of poverty than it is on other human life issues such as abortion, orphan care and euthanasia.

The complete text of this speech can be found at:


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