Thursday, October 29, 2009
July 13, 1985
I woke up the morning of July 13, 1985 feeling awful, so I called in sick to Color Tile. It was the best sick day ever! I sat and watched for hours as the greatest recording artists in the world came together in Philadelphia and London to raise money to fight world hunger at an event called Live Aid, organized by Bob Geldolf of the Boomtown Rats. During this day I saw The Who reunite; I discovered U2 for the first time; I saw Queen at the pinnacle of their performing power; and I saw many of the greatest rock stars of the past and present join in the finale in London. It was a great day. I couldn't help but wonder as I watched why these stars could put aside their massive egos and do this to fight hunger, while we in the church could not even get past our petty denominational differences to follow the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 25. They made an attempt to feed the world while we argued about which soup kitchens were theologically and politically correct. They stirred people with their music to the point of fanaticism; why could we not do the same in the name of Jesus? Many of the artists that day were not Christians- in fact many were far from it. But the words of Do They Know It's Christmastime? are in some part the story of Jesus: "At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade... Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime!" Many years have passed, but the passion and compassion exhibited that day have never left me, and the finale still brings the goose bumps and reminds me that "all good things work for the glory of God." I have posted the video below for you to enjoy. Help feed the world by clicking here.