|A Creed for the AIDS pandemic|
CHAA has initiated a Creed for the AIDS pandemic suitable to be read in church services for World AIDS day or any other occasion when the pandemic is remembered. We encourage churches to download the creed free, or copies are available in a glossy bookmark format from CHAA, at a suggested donation of £20/100 copies plus Post and package. To see a copy click here.
A Creed for the AIDS pandemic
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The Red Cross believes it should be classified as a disaster like earthquakes and floods. But it is really a forgotten disaster. Why?
Part of the problem is that the TV cameras are missing. They are not there as every day in mud huts, slums, shanties, brothels and drug dens around the world when 5,500 people die because of AIDS. And the numbers mount up, within a month there are 160,000 deaths and within a year 2,000,000! And the number of orphans grows and the number of infections increases. And the disaster doesn't stop for floods or famines, when the earth quakes or the seas roar.
The cameras are not there and so it is easy to forget. It is far away and out of sight.
But for Christians in those far away places the reality is with them each and every day. And they are in the front line doing what they can to care for those affected by AIDS. The Church is the major provider of care in many countries and that without the huge financial resources of the UN, NGOs and governments. They simply get on with the job as they are compelled to act because of their faith and love for the Lord Jesus Christ. What they do is motivated by Biblical principles that can be summarised as:
A Creed for the AIDS pandemic
We believe that God loves the world and the proof of that love is the Lord Jesus Christ's death on the Cross.
We believe that through the reconciling power of the Cross, God's love seeks to embrace all people regardless of creed, colour, gender or sexual orientation and that the AIDS pandemic is not God's judgement on sinful behaviour.
We believe that God has called the Church to be the agent of His love in this broken world.
We believe that Christ's love compels us that we should no longer live for ourselves but for Him and that the Gospel calls us to care for our brothers and sisters in Christ and share in their sufferings and to do good to all people.
We believe that as stewards of the talents we have been given, we have a responsibility to use them to help all those affected by the AIDS pandemic.
We believe that, as Christ's disciples, we are called to comfort the broken-hearted, help the oppressed, care for orphans and widows and minister to the sick.
Therefore, as God's people, we covenant together to pray regularly, give generously, fight stigma, encourage one another, and share in fellowship with those affected by the pandemic.
That is their Creed; can we make it ours? Can Christ's love compel us so that together we will covenant to pray regularly, give generously, fight stigma, encourage one another, and share in fellowship with those affected by the pandemic?
CHAA's Creed for the AIDS Pandemic is based on the following scriptures;