Live 8 Review

July 4, 2005

And now for some quick 4th of July blogging. Thunderstruck has some insightful links to the Live 8 concerts and the G-8 conference beginning this week.



  1. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ………Live 8. Please wake me up when the world gets serious about other issues that are as important, or even more so, than this one. Did anyone hear these rock-stars mention Darfur-doubtful? But they did mention the aids issue (sad as it is) many times (and of course that is a less politically correct issue to bring up than say…oh…genocide). Merely cancelling debt and pledging more money is not the long-term solution. I think the issue is important but the method for solving it is misguided. I was more excited that my favorite band (Pink Floyd) was reunited than that a “statement” was being made to the G-8 leaders. Seriously, who showed up at the concerts to hear something about African poverty? Everyone showed up for the music. When most concert-goers where asked what they “learned” they all gave shallow answers that were all known before the world-wide concerts even began; or they found a way to assume this was the fault of the industrialized nations. Some said, “Well we need to pay more attention to world needs.” “People are dying because of hunger.” “We are too greedy over here.” “Every three seconds someone dies of hunger.” If I hear Brad Pitt sit up on stage and lecture us about right-to-life issues, which he did, I’m going to puke!! What a crock of …you figure it out. Don’t get me wrong, world poverty, hunger, and death are social issues that Christians should get involved with, as historically we have been, but we need to be well-informed by Scripture, wise counsel, and good reason, not socialistic and secular celebrities (which most of the “stars” were).

  2. I was in Canada as they began to promote this during the two weeks previous. No word was spoken about African hunger, though much was said about cancelling their debt. I wish the two items would coalesce, but until the African governments can be trusted with money, there is no way. Anyway, the only talk in Canada about Live 8 was the choice of the host city not being Toronto. That was it. So much for caring about world hunger.

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