There was an article of a man who they think may have been ‘functionally cured’ of HIV. I did not read the entire article but apparently he went through an extreme procedure. I pray this really means they have found a cure to help the many, many people affected by it. The issue of HIV/AIDS is one that is very close to my heart. It is not just an issue in the gay community but in the entire world. In many countries where HIV is extremely prevalent, people with it are cast out of society like those in biblical times with leprosy. One Christian I know got to visit such a camp of people affected by HIV that was set up by a group of missionaries to take care of them. He told me that they are so starved for human contact that even simply touching them was like giving a fountain of water to a man in the desert. These people are thought to be below human in the eyes of their society, and still people in our own country wonder if HIV is God’s judgment on people. IT IS NOT! For anyone who thinks HIV is God’s judgment on the gay community, it is ridiculous. God does not reserve punishment for one people and not another. All humans are guilty and deserve judgment. “For God shows no partiality.” (Romans 2:11) HIV just like all other diseases and sicknesses is a product of the fallen world we live in. Therefore, we, as Christians, need to continually pray for those affected by it both for their physical and spiritual health. And we need to go beyond pray when possible, looking for ways we can aid in the endeavor to help those in need. It is not just a job for the missionaries and healthcare workers. All of us are called to help those in need.
June 7, 2011
God & HIV: Closer to the Cure