World AIDS day is today.  This is an opportunity for everyone to join in doing something to increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS, eliminating the stigmas that have in the past accompanied HIV/AIDS and showing compassion to people living with AIDS or family members who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.    The question many Christians are asking is “what should I do?”  The church has been deafeningly silent on HIV/AIDS, and as a result most Christians have ignored the growing epidemic.  They do not speak to their friends and co-workers about HIV/AIDS fearing that it may appear they have AIDS or knows someone who does.  Many Christians have tuned out the cries of the orphans in Africa who are left by parents who died of AIDS.  Christians, especially in the US are blind to the pain and suffering, blind toward the injustices dealt to those living with the disease, and blind to how it is killing people of color disproportionately with the rest of the world’s population.  The myths include: 

  • HIV is the same as AIDS
  • HIV only affects gay men and drug users
  • People over 50 don’t get HIV

These are just three of The Top 10 Myths About HIV/AIDSEducate yourself and others so that you do not promote the pain and suffering that our brothers and sisters are already experiencing.  World Vision writes, “This is a challenge laid at the feet of each and every person on the planet who considers compassion a virtue, and particularly to those who believe there is a God who cares for and identifies with those who suffer in silence.” Therefore, they offer suggestions for “5 Things You Can Do”:

1. Pray!
2. Learn more about AIDS.
3. Get involved.
4. Give generously, and encourage others to follow your example.
5. Advocate for our leaders to put children first
  1 Thessalonians12: May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.  13: May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.   Be Strong and Courageous

Pastor William T Chaney Jr

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