I wouldn't say I'm a fan of the Colbert Report, but when I came across the video, Jesus is a Liberal Democrat, I knew I had to share it. The part that I liked about this video had absolutely nothing to do with the politics at all. My favorite quote comes at the end when Colbert says,
If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition — and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.
Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, we can all afford to be more charitable this holiday season. And yes... we can all afford it. Because, as I learned on Friday's episode of 20/20, it doesn't take much to make a difference. In the episode, Be the Change. Save a Life, Diane Sawyer took a look at world health stories from across and the simple, life-changing, affordable solutions to help our global community.
One of the things that really struck me was how basic the needs are for so many people. Yes, we have poverty here in the United States, but even our poorest families have access to clean drinking water and basic medical care. I can't imagine living in a world where I have to question each sip of water and wonder if that will be the drink that kills my child. No one should have to live like that!
The other thing that really struck me was how easy many of these problems are to treat. For only $11, you can provide birthing kits to three mothers, providing them access to basic things like a bar of soap and latex gloves. A $14 donation provides 2,000 chlorine tablets to ensure safe drinking water. An Embrace infant warmer costs only $20 and is often the difference in whether a baby survives past his or her first month.
I could go on and on about the heart-breaking stories and simple solutions shared on the show. The point is, though, that we have no excuse not to do something about it. Please, take a moment to visit their website and consider the many ways you can help.