My Mom recommended that I find the video of Bono speaking about AIDS at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning. Here it is (about 22 minutes). ABC has excerpts (about 4 minutes). It's incredibly moving stuff.I caught a few sound bites on Sirius today. Amazing stuff. I have been known to read the bible, and I have found that there is more writing in there (especially in the "Christian" section of it) about feeding and clothing the poor, giving to those less fortunate than you as if you were giving to G-d himself. Whether you believe or not, or whether I believe or not is not what is important - there are people dying and starving out there. Do well by others. Give to charity.
Also, the full transcript of his remarks (scroll down a bit):Look, whatever thoughts you have about God, who He is or if He exists, most will agree that if there is a God, He has a special place for the poor. In fact, the poor are where God lives.
Check Judaism. Check Islam. Check pretty much anyone.
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.