Saturday, July 10, 2010

Rock Stars Cop a Raw Deal!


I always wanted to be a rock star. Music is one of my God-given talents. When I am playing the bass guitar or drums, mainly in church these days, I honestly feel like I'm doing what I was made to do. It's such a good feeling!

Therefore, the idea of getting paid, making a living from being up on a stage in front of lots of adoring people, and playing these instruments, would be the ultimate for me.

I truly believe rock stars often "cop a raw deal". They can't win. If they do the expected thing and live the shallow "sex-drugs-rock'n'roll" lifestyle, it inevitably ends in destruction of minds, bodies and relationships, and they get criticised for being selfish and greedy, and wasting their talents and money. This is fair enough.

However, some of them go the other way and find a cause that captures their imagination. Something that's greater than they are, that gives their lives significance and meaning. They want to use their influence and resources to make a difference in this stinkin' world! Good on them!! Much to their dismay, these noble crusaders are shot down for being too "preachy", or hypocritical. Prime examples of this type of rockstar are Bob Geldof, Chris Martin from Coldplay and Bono from U2.

Now, I'll admit I'm not approaching this subject from an objective, unbiased viewpoint. The point is: I LOVE U2!! Apart from the incredibly awesome anthemic hits, it is precisely Bono's passion, conviction and activism that drew me to him in the first place. I love that someone who has been so materially blessed cares so much about helping people in poverty. That is so close to God's heart.

A common cynical comment is that he preaches to us about poverty, then flies off to his fancy mansion in his big aeroplane. Now, I'm sure Bono and other "rock stars with a conscience" don't need me to go into bat for them, but I will. I believe they are quite entitled to enjoy the fruits and rewards of their hard work, and it is not our business or concern about how they spend their money. Each person will one day stand before God and be accountable only to Him.

In the meantime: keep churning out those hits, lads!

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