To call a response of this magnitude embarrassing is no longer sufficient. In the last two years Fundamentalists have banded behind a fast food chain, racist reality TV star and discriminatory legislation in their attempt to police LGBTQ persons.
This week, the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year. I'll tell myself again that it won't get worse, but I know now that it will. Perhaps the Syrian situation really has reached a level of hopelessness that many of us feel is simply too hard to address.
The charities love it, too. The musicians who choose to support them through Music for Good aren't just individual donors, they're megaphones through which the charity reaches fans and friends via the ReverbNation website, email and social media.
'We fear you are forgetting us.' This is what Haya, a 10-year-old Syrian refugee who lost her father, told me last week. I was visiting refugees in the Jordanian city of Irbid and spent time with a group of children attending a school supported by World Vision.
"Water is life" is not just a cliché phrase, it's a fact. UNICEF estimates nearly 2,000 children die every day from diarrhea -- more than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined, and every seven seconds a child dies of a water-related illness.
Here's the problem: whether we are billionaires or just ordinary people, we tend to think that saving the lives of the world's most vulnerable children is somebody else's job -- not ours. And until that changes, children will continue to die.
We must view the progress of the water and sanitation MDGs through a gendered lens. It is easily understood that the need for safe water is universal, a necessity for every man, woman and child. Sanitation conditions are still largely seen as private and taboo.
Christians can stop worrying about the symbols of the decline of Christian America and get back to the mission Jesus gave us to show the world a different way to live -- a way that demonstrates the great character of God.