Bono’s NAACP* Speech
I saw this video on facebook the other day and I can’t get it out of my mind. I tried to comment on my friends page when I first saw it and typed about 17 responses but I’m always worried about coming across too strong, especially when it comes to things I’m passionate about.
It’s no secret here on my blog that I’m passionate about poverty and us in the west opening our eyes to how the rest of the world lives. I don’t think the comment space was big enough for my response to this video, and so I am going to go on about it here. Aren’t you lucky?
Also, I’m rather tired of not speaking my mind fully and here is a good place to practice. You see at least here this is my blog and I can say what I like!
Here are some of my initial unfiltered responses to this video:
1. I love this man!
2. Oh my gosh, he has a handle on our Christian faith better than most of the church.
3. Oh God help us! Change our hearts.
4. Aren’t you glad the religious church never got hold of this man?
5. This is a prophetic voice to our generation and so central to the Kingdom of God and we really better not miss it! I get so frustrated with the church’s lack of concern for the poor.
6. I WANNA GO!
7. Let’s not just watch and applaud Bono’s inspirational, emotional, and crowd pleasing speech. I find it hard to understand that a person can be moved with compassion about a person’s suffering but then move on having done nothing about it. Let’s stop and think (and/or pray) for a few minutes and then DO something about it. Even if it’s a small thing. It’s better than nothing. I wonder how many of those people who gave a standing ovation acutally went off and DID something about extreme poverty, the AIDS crisis in Africa, or helped save a child from dying of malaria? Hopefully many of them.
8. I absolutely love to see people who are themselves and doing what they are created to do.
9. Western Christianity has become far too theoretical and cerebral and far too little practical is done. Where are those who rage against injustice?
10. So what are we gonna DO about it?
*National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People.