Tuesday, December 7

Band Aid - A partial retraction!!!

And now for a spectacular climb down!

Having heard the Band Aid 20 version of "Do They Know It's Christmas Time?" and a TV program all about the making of it etc., I have to say I've been turned around somewhat.

I still think it's a shame that it takes projects like Band Aid to remind us of the crippling poverty around the world and that we seem to be more generous to charitable causes when we get something in return, as though the cause isn't worthy enough by itself, but when you see Bob Geldof, Bono and co. interviewed it's clear that their heart is really in it. They're determined to use their fame and influence for an extremely noble and worthwhile cause, to spread awareness and remind people that 20 years after the original Band Aid, there are people still living in the most abject poverty. Geldof said "This is no longer about charity, but about basic human existence." There is even a new pressure group called "Make Poverty History" that aims to get the politicians to do their bit, get rid of Third World debt and make some serious, committed steps towards ending the gross inbalance of wealth and poverty between the West & the Third World.

Good on each and every artist who contributed their talents to this cause ... In some ways I don't think the record is as good as the original, but that's besides the point. As we enter Christmas time (or Materialism Fest as it seems to be now) amidst showering one another with unnecessary gifts and getting ourselves into debt over it, it can be so easy to forget that there are many people who don't have those things we take for granted so much, we hardly notice them anymore! As we remember Christmas time and God's abundant generosity in giving his only Son Jesus to us to be our Saviour and friend, how can we not be more generous with our money? Are we really comfortable with being such bad stewards of God's creation?

Hopefully, this new single will raise awareness of world poverty to the extent that we will become much much more generous; that we will continue donating and putting pressure for action from our politicians way beyond the song dropping out of the Top 40.

Feed the world.


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