What Can Christians Do?
What Can Christians Do?
A. Attitude Changes
If you are a Christian who has misjudged people with HIV or AIDS, you owe it to God to ask for forgiveness from those you've hurt and from God if you've thought of AIDS as a curse. Christians too can be HIV-positive!
If God was to get rid of sinners by saying, "At 2 P.M. London time, next Saturday, I will get rid of all the hypocrites." how many of us would be left? We are not Christians because we are without sin, we are Christians because as human beings--sinners--we are able to go to Christ daily in confession through prayer and God is able to forgive our trespasses, because of His love for His Son and Christ's work on the cross.
This generation has the opportunity to take care of some real hurting people: the neglected, afflicted, lost, homeless, pained, dying people who have HIV in their veins or AIDS in their bodies. How we love them will follow us eternally.
B. Sexual Abstinence Before 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.
Pray that more people will choose sexual abstinence, even those who are not "virgins" anymore: it's never too late!
Pray for those afflicted with HIV or people living with AIDS. Ask God to show you their needs. And serve them:
"If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,' but do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." (James 2:15-17)
D. Care and Compassion
Get people to pray for you, then form a mission team to minister to people with AIDS: from children to the elderly.
Have a special observance of World AIDS Day--always held on December 1st.
Wear a "Red Ribbon" and explain to others about AIDS and about what you've read here and in the Bible. Explain, as the popular bracelets read . . . what Jesus would do were he here; Hint: He is here . . . in us.
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