This blog post has been on my heart for quite some time. I don’t want to come across as negative or a party pooper, but I feel this is something we need to openly and honestly discuss. I started thinking about how blessed we are as a nation and how well we live compared to the rest of the world. I started to question if the average American takes that for granted and if we realize we’ve been blessed to bless others.

It all started a couple of weeks ago when I was watching a comedian (I’m a big fan of comedy). In one of this comedian’s jokes he laughed about how in other countries they don’t have clean water and how here in the US we play in water. He went on to pretend he was at a water park and splashing around in water and going down a water slide. Something deep inside me hurt when he made his joke and I sobered up to the fact that we do play with our water.

When I go to Six Flags, I love the water rides. I stand on a bridge and get splashed. I felt sick thinking about washing my car and how I have taken having clean water available for granted for too long. I have blogged about clean water before – as you know, I’m passionate about social justice issues. I also supported a Twitter campaign to raise money to build wells in other countries. I was also on staff at a church that raised money to build wells.

All that to say, I’m no stranger to the facts, but to hear the comedian laughing about it really stung. It upset me and made me want to do something about it. If you’re wondering how serious this issue is, here are the cold, hard facts:

Almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water. Unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all disease and kill more people than all forms of violence, including war.

Want some more hard truth? In many countries, people wait in line for food. Here we wait in line for iPhones. Let that sink in. Again, my heart is not to be negative, but to speak the truth in love. I sincerely believe we have been blessed to bless others.

If you have safe, clean drinking water and you’re not waiting in line for food (which is probably all of you reading this), then what can we do to make a difference? I’ve decided to add a free ad for Charity: Water on my blog (over to the right). I encourage you to click on it, read more about them and support them. I’ve blogged about organizations I support on here before. Here are a quick few that you can get started with right away.

What will you give? What can your church do? How can we make a difference? We MUST wrestle with this and not ignore this part of God’s creation. If you’re up for donating something to one of these organizations, please leave a comment. Your action may inspire someone else to act. Together we can make a difference.

Greg Atkinson

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