I was reading some things on Ben Witherington’s blog and clicked a link that took me to a site that took me to a site that took me to a site that took me to…. Well, you know how it goes. In a short time I ended up at u2sermons.blogspot.com. At the top of the page was a video of Bono at the NAACP Awards. While he was giving his speech, which appeared to cover several pages, he made a comment that I found strangely moving.
And 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 — where the opportunity is lost and lives are shattered. God is with the mother who is infected 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.
You can go to the site or you can see the video here.