Music Monday:Religion and Chris Martin part 1

Coldplay-DALLAS-2012-“Opening, Mylo Xyloto, and Hurts like Heaven!”

Published on Jun 24, 2012 by

1:10 is where the concert starts! Sorry for the shaking and sound audio! It was really loud! AND AWESOME! 😀 Please THUMB UP and COMMENT if u went to this coldplay concert! And I also hope that this will get a few people in the mood if they are seeing one in the future! ENJOY!

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Chris Martin was brought up as an evangelical Christian but he left the faith once he left his childhood home. However, there are been some actions in his life in the last few years that demonstrate that he still is grappling with his childhood Chistian beliefs. This is the first part of a series I am starting on this subject.

On June 23, 2012 my son Wilson and I got to attend a Coldplay Concert in Dallas. It was great. Before the show I read the program in the interview of Chris Martin, he noted:

I always notice the crowd. Everywhere. The only thing that bothers me is when I think that some people can’t see and i I feel like the front row is full of corporate sponsors and no full of fans. But that doesn’t happen any more. We changed it. Since we started the Viva tour, at a certain point before the concer some of our crew go up and get people from the rafters who would rather be down at the front. And it adds an extra bit of energy.

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We noticed a group of people up close at the Dallas show that were very enthusiastic. Evidently what Chris had mentioned above happened at the Dallas Show.

Chris Martin has backed Obama for President in 2008 and one central theme of Obama’s campaign was fairness. By this term candidate Obama meant taking from the rich and giving to the poor by government action. Liberals consider this compassionate. However, it is the conservatives that are generous with their personal money more than liberals like Obama and Biden.

I salute Chris Martin and Coldplay for their generous actions at the Dallas Concert and giving many fans who couldn’t afford front row seats the opportunity to sit on the front  row. This is an example of private charity and not publically funded charity. There are several problems with public funding of welfare and the most glaring is that 70% of the money goes to the government workers who distribute the money. The second biggest problem is that it creates a welfare trap that people can not crawl out of without losing all their funding. Milton Friedman’s negative income tax idea confronts that problem. Lastly private charities can add a personal touch and get to know what exactly the poor people need to overcome their problems and not the generic approach that the Washington federal government worker takes.

Take a look at what happened at the Coldplay concert. Coldplay saw a problem with all the stiff corporate types just sitting there on the front row and decided to pay for someone less finacially blessed to have the opportunity to seat on the front row.

Unlike Obama and Biden who give little to charities, Coldplay has given lots to charities.

Why does Chris Martin give so much to charities? I want to make the case that it is deep seated in his Christian upbringing. (Later in this series I am going to demonstrate from Coldplay’s own lyrics how Martin really does cling to the biblical beliefs he had as a child.)

December 1, 2006

Conservative vs. Liberal Charity Donations

Filed under: Talking Points memo — talkingpoints @ 3:23 pm

A recently published book outlines the difference between Conservative and Liberals who donate to Charity – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

So what are we to make of the fact that conservative Americans donate 30% more to charity than liberal Americans? A new book called “Who Really Cares” by Syracuse University professor Arthur Brooks is not going to please the Howard Dean crowd. The book states flat-out that religious Americans who vote Republican are far more likely to be generous to the downtrodden than secular-progressives.

The big question, of course, is why? Liberal philosophy is all about “nurturing” people who need help. The “tax the rich” crew can’t yell loud enough that more money needs to go to Americans in need. Just not their money.

That may be unfair, but probably is not. The cornerstone of liberal economic thought is “income redistribution;” that is, big government taking assets from the affluent through taxation and giving said assets to the less well-off through entitlements like subsidized health care, housing, educational scholarships and the like. The left is also big on imposed “economic justice,” things like guaranteed wages and lifetime job security.

But a funny thing happened on the way to liberalism. Americans who believe in “income redistribution” give 75% less to charity than Americans who do not, according to Dr. Brooks. That is a stunning differential.I believe this is a religious thing. Liberals believe in individual gratification, and that often takes money. Buying that jazzy new SUV and that vacation home can deplete disposable cash fast. If it’s all about you, then you are thinking about you, not about poor Dave down the street.

But devout Christians, Jews, and Muslims are compelled to help the poor by their beliefs. Personal gratification is not a big theme in scripture. Jesus was a huge “help your neighbor” guy. For Christians, it is all about Dave down the street, not the latest material possession.

The statistics say that religious Americans give four times as much money to charity each year than secular people, and are 23 times more likely to volunteer to help people than folks who never attend church. And here’s another crushing stat: If liberals donated blood at the rate conservatives do, the nation’s blood supply would rise 45%.

So in this season of giving, Christmas, a word some liberals don’t like to say, it might be worth pondering just who is really looking out for the have-nots. The leftist media often portrays conservatives as mean, sexist, racist, bigoted homophobes who are cruel and insensitive to the plight of the downtrodden.

But, as the tax returns of multi-millionaires Dick Cheney and Al Gore prove, the media image is false. The Vice President gives millions to charity, Mr. Gore very little.

So the next time you hear a big government liberal bloviate about helping the poor, please trot out the statistics mentioned Dr. Brooks book. And then tell that person that in America today, giving money to charity seems to be the right thing.

What’s left is – well, liberalism.

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It seems to me that Chris Martin is having a hard time shaking his childhood Christian faith. As the article above noted:

Personal gratification is not a big theme in scripture. Jesus was a huge “help your neighbor” guy. For Christians, it is all about Dave down the street, not the latest material possession.

The statistics say that religious Americans give four times as much money to charity each year than secular people, and are 23 times more likely to volunteer to help people than folks who never attend church.

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Coldplay – Charlie Brown (Live in Dallas)

Published on Jun 23, 2012 by

American Airlines Center (June 22, 2012)

Coldplay brought confetti, lights and thousands of fans to the American Airlines Center; see photos from their colorful show

 

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