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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Religion Against People with AIDs?

I recently an article by Kay Warren, the wife of a conservative religious leader. I agree with her fully that religions in general have turned a blind eye to AIDs victims. I also am very happy to see her playing a leading role in fixing this. Here are some excerpts from the article:

Christians are just as guilty as non-Christians of wanting to look the other way when it comes to the problems confronting our world, the topics that make us uncomfortable. But we need to be seriously disturbed about homelessness, child prostitution, rape, poverty, injustice, and HIV/AIDS.
Twenty-five years into the AIDS pandemic, being HIV-positive still carries stigma and shame. But God cares for the sick and so must we.

It's not a sin to be sick. The Bible tells us Jesus was repeatedly "filled with compassion" as he encountered broken bodies and broken minds. While polite society vigorously avoided contact with those they considered diseased outcasts, Jesus responded in a radical way: He cared, he touched, he healed. Today, I challenge the worldwide church to take on the global giants of spiritual darkness, lack of servant leaders, poverty, disease, and ignorance. It's past time for those who claim to be Christ's followers to join the struggle against the devastation that the HIV virus brings.

Most of the feedback was very positive except for one sick sadistic twit from Texas. Big Surprise! This idiot implies that everyone who has AIDs is gay therefore they are not worthy of any assistance or compassion. If this person is a Christian then I don't want to have anything to do with it.

When the misguided pastor's wife refers to those who "claim to be followers" of Christ, she is implying that if we do not join in this "struggle" with HIV, then we are not truly what we claim. As a Christian, I take offense at this. HIV is a medical condition, no more a crisis than cancer, blindness or a host of other unfortunate ailments that torment mankind. True Christians are moved by Christ's compassion to help those in need who may cross our paths, regardless of the ailment. Just because HIV has been earmarked as a "gay" disease in the past, does not mean we are to bow before it. There is a hidden agenda here, one which would have Christians not only be kind to gays outside the church, but to accommodate gays in the church as though they could actually be a part of spiritual union with Christ. The Bible does not condone sin in any form, and is very clear on God's opinion of this particular sin. Those who do not see this, choose not see it because of their spiritual rebellion. The deluded pastor's wife should recognize that she is being used to deceive many, and should repent while there is yet time.
Brenton Hunter, Dallas, Texas

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6 Comments:

Blogger betmo said...

this just turns me off more than ever to organized religion- with emphasis to christianity. christians in america have this sense of superiority over everyone else- and perhaps it's the whole rapture mentality. it makes me angry to see or hear these so-called 'holy' people sit in judgment of people who they deem 'unworthy.' this is why the separation of church and state needs to exist and why we need to fight to keep it. these folks with hiv/aids are no less human beings than the islamist extremists that these people also hate and take pleasure in their deaths. with religion like that- i am glad i don't have it.

6/06/2006 09:48:00 PM  
Blogger Mike K said...

The fact that anyone who is sick could be considered unworthy runs contrary to the teachings of Jesus. I’m willing to wager that J.C. would rebel against these hypocrites if he was around. The fact of the matter is that power has corrupted organized religion just as it has corrupted our government. We are quickly becoming a fascist country and I'm not sure if it can be stopped. The Republicans will steal the next election. If anyone has doubts, you can read this.

6/06/2006 10:47:00 PM  
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