It seems strange that I have been to courties and seen firsthand this extreme poverty and yet I had neglected something as simple as signing my name to a document saying that I wish for our world leaders to do what they could to end the suffering I was seeing. I've even volunteered for World Vision in past years and still, I missed it.
I also find it strange, and sad, that God uses an Irish rock star to bring the plight of people in 3rd world countries to America. It kind of makes me wonder why the Church has not spoken up. Maybe they have and I've missed that too. I've already proven that it's possible for me to miss a world-wide campaign carried out by people who live in the spotlight.
I've just finished watching a portion of the Vertigo Tour DVD where Bono pleads with the audience to join the One campaign. In his words:
When I was a boy my first impression of American was a man walking on the moon. Neil Armstrong, 1969. I thought these Americans are mad. I thought what could this country do... What can these people do when they put their minds to it. it's incredible.
John F. Kennedy was the one in 1963 he said. "By the end of the decade we will put a man on the moon". Well It wasn't because it was on everybody's mind. It was just the right thing to do. And it was its what we're asking now Pres. Bush, Prime Minister Blair, and all the other world leaders to do. We're asking them to do something extraordinary. Not put man on the moon, more like put mankind back on earth.
We have the technology. We have the resources. We have the know-how to end the extreme poverty.... If we have the will ... and I believe we have the will.
Others, you know ... we have the civil rights movement. Others ended apartheid. Others tore back the iron curtain. Thats what this generation That's what's left to us. This is our moon-shot. We're going to end poverty. that's what's left for us to do I believe that's not an impossible adventure. I believe in 50 years they will look back on this moment and will say there were some people at a time who said its not okay for a child to die for lack of a 20 cent immunization. It's not ok for a child to die for lack of food in his belly in the 21st century. That's not okay anymore. I know you know that, but I'd like you to tell President Bush, Prime Minister Blair that... and any other politician you see ... it's quite easy to do. just take out your cell phone....
We're looking for a million Americans to join us... to email us ...to join the One Campaign. We're not looking for your money - we're looking for your voice.
It is easy. Just click on the banner above and sign the ONE Declaration. It takes about one minute and it's completly free.
These are twin babies who died in Haiti, not far from the United States boraders because they did not have enough oxygen.
This is not about U2, or Bono, or any other celebrity. It's about doing the right thing regardless of who the messenger is.