A couple of weeks ago, the Live 8 concerts took place across the world.
Bands from U2, Pink Floyd, Green Day, to Stevie Wonder, Madonna, and
Paul McCartney played at these concerts. One of the items on their
agenda is to help stamp out poverty in Africa. The theme was “Make
Poverty History.” They wanted to bring attention to the plight of
Africans and have the major countries in the world forgive the debt of
What sometimes sounds like a good thing to do in theory, may not actually
be practical. Matthew 26:11 says,
“For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.”
Did you know that Jesus said that you will always have the poor with you?
Name one country that has tried to stamp out poverty, that poverty still
doesn’t exist? Here in a very wealthy America there are inner cities, the
Appalachian region, any many others that have great poverty. Even in communist
and socialist countries, where they try to even out the wealth, there are
still poor people.
Does that mean that we are not supposed to help the poor? Galatians 2:10
“Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also
was forward to do.”
Christians are supposed to look out for and take care of the poor at every
opportunity available. It is more blessed to give than to receive
a command from Jesus. Part of a changed heart is that you put other people’s
needs ahead of your own.
One of the other items on their agenda is to help stop AIDS in Africa.
Bono, the lead singer for the band U2, said from the stage, “This is our
moment, this is our time, this is our chance to stand up for what is right.
Three thousand Africans, mostly children, die every day of mosquito bites.
We can fix that. Nine thousand people dying every day of a preventable,
treatable disease like AIDS. We have got the drugs. We can help them.”
Bono states that there is one way to stop AIDS, just give people drugs.
Why isn’t that one of the ways that the Bible says to do it? Abstaining
from sex until one man and one woman are in a marriage relationship will
stop AIDS in its tracks. Why aren’t we looking for that as the solution?
Because the problem with this whole event and others like it are that
people don’t want to look to God for the answers. We can do it on our own
and we don’t need God to solve these problems. Mankind can conquer all
problems. Of course, that is the problem with secular humanism. Man thinks
he can, but in reality, he can’t.
But you must realize there is more to this equation. Bono has a website,
. The plans are to keep this going to
try and stamp out poverty without God. Take a look at the following link
to see all the people who have signed on with Bono to do this:
Please take a look at how many people who call themselves Christians have
signed on with Bono for this stamping out of poverty. What is the document
that all of these folks are signing? What does it say? Does it glorify
Jesus Christ? I sure didn’t hear anyone use the name of Jesus as the solver
to all of our problems when I watched part of the Live 8 show. But, there
is a much bigger problem going on.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship
hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light
with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath
he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of
God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said,
I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they
shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
2 Corinthians 6:14-17
God commands us not to yoke ourselves to unbelievers. Why? Because, there
will be a pulling in two different directions. There will be different
goals that are going to try and be met. The question is not
what you will
give them, but what won’t
you give them? Do you think that if we wanted to
share Jesus with every person we met as we gave them food, would unbelievers
let that happen? Why would you give someone water, and then not give them
Living Water? Why would you give someone bread, but not give them the Bread
of Life? Why would you give them a small part of the solution and meet
the physical, when you can give them the whole part, physical and
If we wanted to tell a Muslim that he believes in a false God, do you think
that unbelievers would go for that? Of course not. Why? We serve different
gods. We serve the God of the Bible and they serve the God of man. Why would
we want to yoke ourselves to a group like that? There are many Christian
organizations making a difference for the poor AND sharing Jesus with them.
Those are the types of groups that get my money.
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said at Live 8, “I came here
to show support for all the millions of people in the world who stand to
benefit if the Millennium Development Goals are reached, especially the
children who will be saved from malaria or AIDS, who will grow up healthy,
go to school and have the chance to earn their living and enjoy life.”
What if someone enjoys life but doesn’t enjoy death? What would the profit
be to someone if they gained the whole world, or even if they gained some
meals, but lost their soul? That is a terrible trade-off. That trade-off
is exactly what the United Nations and many other governments want. We as
Christians must stand against this trade-off now. We must stand strong
for the gospel of Jesus Christ that can change hearts and nations right now.
In Our Global Neighborhood,
page nine states, “We need a set of
common, core values around which we can unite people, irrespective of their
cultural, political, religious backgrounds.” Let me be very honest to you
Christians out there. These common, core values are exactly what we do
not need. Either the Bible is true or it is not. Either Jesus rose from
the dead or He did not. We do not need a common ground here. We need to
stand up for Jesus, period
, and see what the consequences will be. The time
is now, believers. Be very careful who you yoke yourself to in the days to
Until the nets are full,