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Friday, February 03, 2006

BONO'S REMARKS TO THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST

This is a lousy post to use to break my self-imposed blogging silence, but it quite intriguing. A Quote:

I mean, God may well be with us in our mansions on the hill… I hope so. He may well be with us as in all manner of controversial stuff… maybe, maybe not… But the one thing we can all agree, all faiths and ideologies, is that God is with the vulnerable and poor.

God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house… God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives… God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war… God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them. “If you remove the yolk from your midst, the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness, and if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom with become like midday and the Lord will continually guide you and satisfy your desire in scorched places”

It’s not a coincidence that in the Scriptures, poverty is mentioned more than 2,100 times. It’s not an accident. That’s a lot of air time, 2,100 mentions. [You know, the only time Christ is judgmental is on the subject of the poor.] ‘As you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.’ (Matthew 25:40). As I say, good news to the poor.

5 Comments:

Blogger Jonathan Erdman said...

i have VERY mixed feelings about Bono and his politics and activism, i.e. most of the time i wonder if his cause is wise and prudent given certain governmental conditions, etc...but i digress...the comment i wished to make is that the above quote from Bono in this post is quality.

thanks for the post.

12:09 PM

 
Blogger Reid Bradley said...

I wish I could have been there!

12:50 PM

 
Blogger Call Me Ishmael said...

Challenging words, indeed!

3:46 PM

 
Blogger Aaron said...

Great post. I love Bono even if I think his solutions somewhat naïve. I wish he would promote Christian charities more then this dept relief stuff.

9:34 AM

 
Blogger Christy said...

Absolutely rock solid words. AMAZING.

5:49 PM

 

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