Has anybody else noticed that the there is a new trend being formulated by Christians, particularly Christian artists? In the late 90s, early 00s, we had the big ‘worship music’ surge where suddenly all of the Christian artists made ‘worship’ albums, somehow different from their regular genre of music. Then that morphed into hymn albums where they all exploited the old hymns with all their latest versions.
Now the trend seems to be to travel to Africa, particularly South Africa, and play a show there, making it seem like they’re doing this big favour to the country for promoting them and playing a cheap show or something. But they record it all and come home and sell the CD for loads of money, essentially exploiting the very people and culture they had originally tried to promote.
It just upsets me to see this because us here in the West, and Christian’s especially, seem to take things that are trendy at the current time and they just milk it for all it’s worth until the udder falls off and the cow dies of dehydration just like the African children they had originally intended to help. How is this actually helping anyone over there?
Now if they did something noble and decided to donate all the proceeds of the sales back to the people who had originally helped out with the event, that would be a different story. But from what I can see, that’s not happening.
Westerners (and I include myself in that) are pathetic! We are so self-centred… we are so materialistic… we are so ignorant… to all that goes on around us, so much that we miss the point. We mean well and think we’re helping others, but really we’re just helping ourselves. God help us all. …if it wasn’t for His mercy…
I guess it’s easier for incredibly blessed Westerners to keep seemingly cursed Africans and the like at arms length. We wouldn’t want to get too close. We could get too involved and we all have enough problems to deal with already, like… what colour should I dye my hair today… and, the Leafs missed the playoffs again… and, somebody took my parking spot today… yeah… with all of that on our shoulders, how could anyone expect us to try and deal with world hunger, or more importantly, corrupt governments?