The epidemic does have some innocents--people who got "bad blood transfusions", hemophiliacs, and children who got the virus from parents, or spouses who got it from promiscuous partners. I do tend to have more sympathy for these folks than for those who got HIV because of their own foolish and sinful actions.
The HIV Conference apparently said almost nothing about the real causes of the epidemic--homosexual sex and needle sharing--not polically correct to mention this, I guess. How sad.
Here are a few things I'd like to point out: when the comment says "the epidemic does have SOME innocents"- let me reply by saying the vast majority of those with the disease are innocent.
The Non-Christians at the conference may have failed to make a connection between sexuality or needle sharing and spread of the disease... but our church never has. What we have done is said "Those people need Jesus too. Nothing was too taboo for him. Homosexuality or drug abuse." Our church has said "We can't wait for these people to fix themselves to be able to come to church. We have to bring Jesus to them." Is someone less fit for Christ because they have a drug problem or have a homosexual lifestyle? Simply put, no.
Also- this person "tends to have more sympathy" for the "few innocents". MORE SYMPATHY? How about complete? How about these people are our problem-they are Christ coming to us asking for food and clothes. What business but this is the church's? True Religion is aiding those with AIDS/HIV. This person's comment is a classic example of pew warming Christianity- Jesus is in me and I'm good to go and now I'm going to sit here and condemn the rest of the world. Find me a verse in the Bible that says "Now that you have your salvation, stay stagnat and complain about the world."
I only hope these white-washed tombs can encounter AIDS in a way that will change their views.
27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.