Summary: This sermon explains the adverse effects that HIV/AIDS has on the world today. It also talks about the Christian response towards HIV/AIDS. Please take time to give your feedback for this sermon.
Christian Response to HIV/AIDS
Yesterday, on World AIDS Day, our Chief Minister, Shri YSR emphasized that all religious leaders needs to spread the awareness about HIV/AIDS – So, I’m following the orders of our CM.
World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.
HIV--the human immunodeficiency virus--is the virus that causes AIDS or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.
AIDS has killed more than 25 million people since 1981, with an estimated 38.6 million people living with HIV, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history.
Now India has overtaken South Africa in the highest number of AIDS victims.
In India, AP has a number of AIDS patients.
1 in 200 of all adults globally are already infected - and the church in many nations is a major provider of compassionate care for those with AIDS.
1 new infection every 15 seconds.
Young people (under 25 years old) account for half of all new HIV infections worldwide.
Most deaths from HIV are directly related to immune damage (TB commonest cause of AIDS death) or to HIV-induced tumours.
There is still no vaccine or cure!!!
The Red Ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS.
How is HIV transmitted?
A. Unprotected Sex
B. Healthcare Workers
C. Mother to Infant - Without early preventive treatment (pre-natal drug therapy), the baby will automatically be born HIV-positive.
Is HIV/AIDS a judgment of God?
It is better to see AIDS, not as a specific divine judgment against one type of sin, but as a broad judgment against sexual sin in general (e.g., promiscuity, polygamy, homosexuality).
This view is labeled by Wood and Dietrich as a "cause and effect" judgment.
Such a judgment is portrayed in Scripture as "reaping and sowing," or "sinning against one’s own body."
Paul elucidates this same scriptural principle by stating that "whatever a man sows, this he will also reap" (Gal. 6:7).
Ronald Sider puts it in modern terms: "There is a moral order to the universe and...wrong choices have consequences."
They are clear consequences of the sin in this world [separation from God].
In other words, it is indicative of the world’s evil nature.
God created the Earth, but Satan’s world has sin, darkness, death, and evil power under his authority (Luke 4:6), which he uses to tempt us, to torment us, to corrupt us into following him, and separate us from God’s eternal love.
What was Jesus’ Response?
John 8:1-11 – woman caught in adultery – Jesus was the only one who could throw a stone at her – but He didn’t – but He also commanded her not to sin anymore!
Mt. 8:1-3 – Lepers were considered sinful and thus treated as social outcasts – Jesus touched the leper.
What Can Christians Do?
A. Avoid Sex outside of Marriage
Sexual abstinence--waiting until you’re married before having sex--is the only true way to keep HIV-free as far as sex goes.
But you also have to avoid being infected body fluids if you’re a healthcare worker, or stop to give first aid, etc.