Mon 1 Dec 2008
In the past few years I have written about HIV/AIDS quite a few times (see them here). But let’s be honest here for a few minutes. Who really cares?
AIDS is a four letter word, that like so many others shouldn’t be spoken about in polite company. Do you even remember what the four letter’s stand for? Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Yea, that means nothing to me. When you spell it out like that, it makes even less sense.
So what will actually make sense? We are very blessed that in the US, even though over a million people have HIV/AIDS (CDC), for many people it is managed through medication and is almost thought of as a type of cancer. But did you know that babies die from HIV/AIDS related infections or were you to busy protesting at an abortion clinic?
You see, HIV/AIDS ravages your body so that something as simple as a winter sniffle could end up killing you. That is the simple version, but it makes sense. Why did the baby get HIV? Her mom gave it to her, more than likely. What kind of terrible mother would give her child HIV? Who knows, maybe she was raped by a stranger in the middle of the night. But does it matter how she got it? Only if you want to pass judgment. Why can’t we love someone without trying to pass judgment?
Ok, so babies and children are dying because of no fault of their own. A quick question, if the entire population of Spain had HIV/AIDS do you think someone would care? What about the entire population of Texas? Well according to World Vision, that is the current estimate of how many people are currently suffering with this ailment. 40 million.
By 2010, the number of children orphaned by the disease is expected to exceed 25 million — slightly more than the population of Texas — according to the United Nations. The impact on these children, both before and after the deaths of their parents, is catastrophic.
A few days ago was Black Friday. Did you go waste your money on earthly materials that do nothing but provide five minutes of happiness to your child before being thrown in the bin with last year’s? This year a Walmart employee was “trampled to death” by shoppers eager to purchase the latest craze.
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This is truly a sad state of affairs. As a culture we are willing to trample over fellow Americans to purchase a blender. I guess it should be no surprise to me that no one cares about babies dying in a foreign land. All of this makes me angry and sad.
But I am thankful for the organizations, churches, and individuals who are willing to stand up today and throw off the chains of injustice and care for the orphaned child and suffering widow. These are our brothers and sisters and they deserve our love and admiration.
James 14-17 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
Will you sit idly by or will you act today?
- Speak out for AIDS-affected children. Urge Congress to continue and increase the U.S. contribution to the global HIV and AIDS battle and ensure that AIDS-affected children are not forgotten.
- Visit the “World Vision Experience: AIDS” in a city near you.
- Sponsor a HopeChild in an AIDS-affected nation.
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