AIDS Epidemic In Black America

I watched a Frontline documentary of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black America made around July of 2012.

Just because people fail the standard, it doesn’t mean that the standard had failed in and of itself.

When I watched it, I wasn’t stunned about the statistics but what stunned me was the way they depicted God and the preacher, and the church as aloft and unconcerned about the disease. There is truth in this but the way that they spun this, the piece made the church look like it’s completely out of touch. That’s because they’ve heard from preachers that they do not want to touch the issue.

There is no doubt, or denial that this mindset is present in pastoral leadership across the nation.

From the standpoint of sexual immorality operating in pastors and churches, there is truth. We are guilty of hypocrisy without question. We are also guilty of not preaching and living what we preached. We are guilty of giving up the standard of holiness. We are guilty beyond a shadow of reasonable doubt.

And there is no excuse!!!!

Several years ago, when the disease was identified, a person said that each person will know of a person diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

He was not kidding.

While the information was crucial, it was almost as if, no……it was that they blamed God for the maladies of man.

Psalm 107:17 says…..”Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted.”

In one part, a homosexual man was in church and the pastor said that a homosexual spirit is in this church. The pastor proceeded to where the homosexual man was and laid his hands on him to cast that devil out. The homosexual proceeded to grab the arm of the pastor. The one thing that we have to understand about demon power is that when they are in the house of the Lord, they will do everything to stay in a person.

But the homosexual’s lover told the pastor and the pastor proceeded to “minister” to the homosexual. In other words, the pastor had inside information and that became the reason why the homosexual was able to grab the pastor.

Had it been a supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit by a “word of knowledge,” then there would have been a greater chance of deliverance.

His homosexual lover set him up and the results gave the appearance that God cannot deliver a homosexual.

Then they had Magic Johnson.

When he came out an announced that he was diagnosed.

Magic said that all the Laker teammates didn’t want Magic to be on the team, including A.C. Green. A.C. Green is the believer of Jesus on that team and Magic was surprised that A.C. turned on him too. Well, the Bible is clear about sin and unrighteousness. Magic was hurt because A.C. Green and Magic were close.

However, A.C. Green had a Biblical standard and mandate to stay holy before God. Magic, at anytime, could have stopped the adultery, but he choose not to. The results speaks for itself.

Psalm 107:17 “Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted.”

A.C. Green and Magic “made up” but again the damage was done that believers of the Lord Jesus Christ are not loving, insensitive, and intolerant of sin and sinners.

A preacher in the South had put up a sign that said something about the HIV/AIDS epidemic came by way of homosexuality. He was persecuted and ridiculed. A homosexual man came behind that piece and said that God loves all His children.

John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

You see, in order for someone to be His child, you must be born again. If you are not born again, you cannot be His child.

Once again, the world has made the Lord God out to be wrong. The followers of Jesus are wrong. And the Bible is wrong.

The documentary showed a young lady that became HIV infected and blamed the government for not educating her. There was a segment where in the school the abstinence curriculum was taught. The educators know that the teens are having sex, Biblically called fornication. However, they blame abstinence as the failure when educators, they claim, must include other ways to protect themselves.

Acts 15:20 “Abstain…….from sexual immorality.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3  “Abstain…….from sexual immorality.”

1 Peter 2:11 “…abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul…”

In these three powerful verses of Scripture is God’s rule to avoid sexually transmitted diseases.

Yet…

Psalm 107:17 “Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted” became their epitaph.

It was a deliberate act to defy abstinence.

And if that weren’t enough. There were men and women that were finding HIV positive mates to hook up with. It is a statement that they had nothing to lose. Instead of repenting and seeking God, they choose to “hook up” and continue in sin.

There is also a segment where a woman married a man, but the man deliberately withheld information about a blood test one year before he married her. She discovered her husband’s test results in his Bible and she confronted her husband about it. She got tested and two weeks later, the results came. She ended up HIV positive. They’ve since divorced but the damage was done. They went through a pre-marital counseling session with their pastor and he taught them not to have secrets between each other.

As a result of keeping his HIV a secret, she is now positive.

There was another segment where this HIV/AIDS man was allowed to teach HIV/AIDS to children in the church. Not from an abstinence perspective or that homosexuality is a sin, but to give them information about protecting themselves. Sadly, they do not see that this approach is a failure because young people today are still having homosexual contact.

SO, the best thing to do is to operate from a fall back position.

Let them explore their sexuality but if they contract the disease, it’s alright. We will take it from there and give them all the information they need to get through the discovery.

Psalm 107:17 “Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted.”

There was another segment where they showed president Bush offering billions of dollars for the AIDS crisis in Africa and it was lauded as one of the most positive defining moments in US history, but here in the United States, the suffering continues. With just the African American population alone, we would rank 16 in the world in dealing with HIV/AIDS. A while back, every 39 minutes someone would be diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Every 10 minutes is the new bench mark.

Just a few blocks from the nation’s capital is the District of Columbia. Columbia, by the way is a goddess. In this district is the highest epidemic of HIV/AIDS in the country. And as far as same sex marriage is concerned, should we be surprised. Feverishly, they’ve been trying to gain a stronghold in stopping the epidemic of HIV/AIDS by passing out needles, condoms, and educating people, but this effort is not even working and they know it.

One preacher was standing on the street corner and he was helping to pass out clean needles. He declared that the church “dropped the ball” on this and that the church was no where to be found in the community. In that community where they are having a drug epidemic, there were 22 churches.

So much for prayer and evangelism.

You see, you can pray all you want, and that’s what we are supposed to do. Jesus said that “My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

But we could be so wrapped up in ineffective praying because we are ineffective in evangelism. Granted, also, the world is resistant to the gospel, but that is no excuse not to be doing what we are apposed to be doing.

They claim that since handing out needles, drug use is not on the rise? The point they are making is that they are doing something to attack the epidemic, but in essence what they are doing is fostering the promotion of fornication, adultery and homosexuality, drug use, and alcoholism. IN other words, they are not preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS but encouraging the continual use.

You see, the Bible is clear about how to avoid it all together. But people will not listen and do what the Bible says. First, they must repent. Then they ask God for forgiveness. Then the Holy Spirit comes in to the heart of a man, and they get born again. Then they take the teachings of Jesus and apply it to their lives, to live holy before God.

All around them are supposed to be houses of worship where people are taught the Word of God. However, you cannot make people live out something that they do not want. Nonetheless, the “Ark” is there. At anytime, a person could turn their hearts over to the Lord, but people refuse to do so. And yes, because the preacher and the saints are not living the way they are supposed to, they are ill-equipped to lead sinners to Jesus.

A sinner cannot lead another sinner to salvation.

However, one thing is for sure. There is a copy of the Bible that is easily obtainable. In fact, just google the Bible and there you have it. We are without any excuse. At anytime, we could call it quits with sin and live righteous lives in obedience to the Holy Scriptures.

Just because people fail the standard, it doesn’t mean that the standard had failed in and of itself.

Then in the last segment, there were people in a church that were homosexuals, and HIV positive.

It gave the appearance that the Lord was no longer there and that man has to do this on his own, without God.

Instead of seeking the face of God in repentance, they defied the Lord.

It was as if they raised the flag of defiance against the known will of God.

It would have been something if they would have all fell on their face before God and ask for mercy, but they didn’t.

Instead, they kept saying through the documentary that Endgame for HIV/AIDS must come.

In that entire segment, there was no mention of the cause of all of this, with the exception of one preacher.

Sin!!!!!

Sin is the reason for the condition.

When we decide that we have had enough of living according to the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life (see 1 John 2:15-17), then the power and guilt of sin will be a thing of the past. The Lord Jesus destroyed the power of the devil, the guilt and shame of sin on the cross. The only thing that we have to do is accept the provision of grace through faith, obey the Word of God, and the Lord will help us.

What could the church do in the mean time?

Keep preaching and living the Word of God.

What about those that just can’t abstain and they fall into sin, and end up with STDs?

You be available to walk them through the process of deliverance. IF it all possible, have support groups and resources available. But most importantly, it means nothing if their names are not written in the Book of Life. You might be able to help them with human resources, but death is certain to come for us all. It means nothing if a person passes away, and they do not know Jesus.

Eternity is a long time. You may have gotten help with natural things, but it means nothing when you close your eyes for the last time, and they close the lid of that casket.

 

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