I think most people would agree that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made a massive impact on this planet. They contribute 17% of the world budget for eradicating polio, they provided seed money to start The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and have donated over $1.3 Billion to the organization, they have given $287 Million to HIV research all over the world, they have given $45 Million to micro financing organizations, they give millions to worldwide disaster relief, and have spent more than $4 Billion dollars with education programs in the US. This is the largest transparently operated foundation in the world. Despite the minor amounts of criticism the foundation has received throughout the years, it would be a stretch to say that these people do not care deeply about using their mass amounts of wealth to better humanity. So some Christians would ask, what is their motivation since Bill Gates has said that he believes religion is a waste of time?
My answer – Christians are not the only people with morals on this planet! Half the time we are more immoral than more atheists I know. Being non-religious does not mean you are non-human. I am so sick of this attitude that Christians have the corner on right and wrong. We are far from perfect and sometimes our religious beliefs seem to hinder our ability to behave morally. So why don’t we get rid of our holier than thou attitude and use this day, Bill Gates birthday, to rethink the idea of morality and charity. Why don’t we spend more time learning from those around us who aren’t hindered by the rules of religion and who behave morally just because.