World Aids Day 2008

Every year, we set aside December 1st to observe World Aids Day.  On this 20th Anniversary, South Africa marked the day with 15 minutes of silence in an effort to combat the spread of HIV. South Africa has over 5.5 million cases of HIV and AIDS, the largest percentage in the world.

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). By killing or damaging cells of the body’s immune system, HIV progressively destroys the body’s ability to fight infections and certain cancers.

Over one million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS today. Worldwide, the figure is over 33 million. Effective HIV care—including antiretroviral drug therapies and regular access to primary health care—can help people manage their HIV disease and live longer.  While AIDS is primarily associated with the homosexual population in the United States, it is primarily (95%) a heterosexual disease in the rest of the world.

The Christian response must be loving and compassionate. We must do something more than open our Bibles, denounce sexual immorality and hurry down the street. In Africa, AIDS is a modern leprosy. Christians are required to express God’s loving mercy. While it is easy to selectively denounce sin in others, it makes Christians, and Jesus appear unloving to those with AIDS as well as those in the gay/lesbian community. We are all broken and require grace in light of our sin. (1 Timothy 1:9-11)

Take a moment to pray. Then rise from your knees and take action. Any action. Make a donation. Visit a hospital. Comfort a family.

Do something to express the love of Jesus to individuals and families afflicted by AIDS and HIV.

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6 replies
  1. Larry
    Larry says:

    It is a shame that a lot of Christians denounce the people who have this terrible disease, but refuse to do anything to help those people who have it.

  2. Scott McQueen
    Scott McQueen says:

    Great post, good information and compassionate. As an emergency medicine provider, I am seeing the effects of this modern day plague. We must use all tools available to combat this killer and not pass judgment on anyone. One memorable moment at work made me so much more aware of what we must do. I was suturing a young boy who was in foster care; he had lost his mother to AIDS and missed her so very much. When he said “I wish my mom was here” I had trouble holding back the tears. But he was very brave and held still for me throughout the procedure. When I was done I congratulated him on his courage, his foster mother whispered to me “he is positive”. I was devastated; not because I didn’t know, not because of any increased risks of exposure, not because they had failed to tell me during his initial exam. I was devastated to think such a beautiful child might not be with us much longer. Hadn’t he suffered enough already? The orphans are not only in Africa, the disease is here. It is time to muster all we have and fight for life.

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  3. Barry Wallace
    Barry Wallace says:

    Great article. A friend of mine just moved to New York City to help plant a church. One of the main ministries the church has undertaken is helping the large HIV-positive community there.

  4. Dr. Bruce
    Dr. Bruce says:

    What great news Barry. I continue to struggle with how Christians should deal homosexuality. I affirm the teaching of Scripture but cringe at how unkind and unloving churches and Christians are in the application of that teaching. I have no struggle whatsoever with the fact that Jesus would love those in the gay community and/or have AIDS just like he loved lepers.

  5. Johnny Walker Purple
    Johnny Walker Purple says:

    Observe your moment of silence and pray…

    Or get off your knees and actually do something to help people.

  6. admin
    admin says:

    I agree Johnny – and said so in the post, though you imply otherwise.

    “Take a moment to pray. Then rise from your knees and take action. Any action. Make a donation. Visit a hospital. Comfort a family.”

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