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Bono Preaches on GodTube

Posted by NT Wrong on June 23, 2008

U2 lead singer and anti-poverty activist, Bono received the NAACP Chairman’s Award on March 2, 2007. The pesentation by Tyra Banks and Julian Bond (0:00ff) and Bono’s speech ( 4:40ff ) were broadcast at the 38th NAACP Image Awards.

It’s available, appropriately, on GodTube – and Bono’s speech is well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it before.

There is half a bible verse that is widely quoted against atheists by some (foolish) Christians. It’s very popular amongst American evangelicals:

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no god.’ ”
– Psalm 14.1

Of course, there were no atheists in the ancient Levant. There were none who had no belief in one god or the other. Every man and woman said ‘There is a god’. So what did the verse mean? Well, you only have to read to the end of the verse: “They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is no one who does good.” The fool is the one who (even though they may confess belief in God) ignores or abuses the poor. The fool is the one who acts as if (in their own hearts) there is no “god”, that is, who acts as if it doesn’t matter what happens to the poor.

“The fool” of Psalm 14 is not the atheist. “The fool” is the American evangelical who is happy to live in a system which systematically rapes the poor.

In the context of Psalm 14, America is full of atheists.

5 Responses to “Bono Preaches on GodTube”

  1. Iyov said

    “The fool” is the American evangelical who is happy to live in a system which systematically rapes the poor.

    Don’t hold back with your cautious, diplomatic language. Tell us what you really think.

  2. ntwrong said

    🙂

  3. agathos said

    “The fool” is the American evangelical who is happy to live in a system which systematically rapes the poor.”

    Well said.

  4. Quixie said

    ouch!
    This gets an amen.

    Ó

  5. ntwrong said

    Let me hear it, brother!

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