I got an email a couple of days ago from a unknown, frantic black woman who wrote in bold letters "We must address this issue from the pulpit. I watched the program and it truly was a jaw dropper, a real eye opener." Where has she been? Preachers, or more importantly the Bible have been forever telling and warning people about sexual immorality.
3It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; 6and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. 7For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. 1 Thess 4:3-8 NIVBlack people tend to be sensationalistic on some issues and with AIDS the sensationalism has gotten to epidemic proportions. ABC's Terry Moran must have known this and further exploited it by naming the special Out of Control: AIDS in Black America. What's really out of control in Black America is personal responsibility, not AIDS.
Black gay activist Keith Boykin quickly blamed failure to push condom usage, needle exchanges and a "sex-negative" message. That means that all and any types of sex should be celebrated and allowed--as long as you wear a condom. The "wisdom" of the world. Most of the shortsighted people view sex as an animalistic trait. Sex is something that is uncontrollable and should not be inhibited in the least. To them that's being "sex positive". From what I can tell sex positive leads directly to HIV positive. Virtually every gay site there is on the internet has some form of pornography from soft to hardcore. This only feeds the beast of sexual immorality. But for some reason they still haven't quite grasped why homosexual men are consistently at the top of the AIDS statistics lists. Even though they have tried all sorts of juvenile tricks (like the ridiculous comic book pictured), homosexual men continue to march into the AIDS death chambers like lambs to the slaughter. Year after year AIDS groups (largely run by gays) ply the fear tactics by quoting the grim statistics, but the foot soldiers are paying them no mind. But instead of taking responsibility for helping to spread AIDS by encouraging sexual promiscuity and dangerous sexual practices, they finger point and blame everyone else. Especially the church and the government.
Then ABC talked to some of our black "leaders". The black preachers interviewed on the program were a stumbling, bumbling mess of foolishness. Bishop TD Jakes included. I continue to be sorely vexed at their ineptitude and lack of insight into issues of sexual immorality. Its amazing when you see some of these people on the mega TV shows how much "revelation" they can come up with, but when facing generally a secular media, they come across like sheepish two year olds. God help us all.
All the more reason for you to demonstrate personal responsibility. AIDS can be stopped cold in the Black community in less than a decade if:
(1) You give your life to Christ and make him LORD over your sexuality.
(2) You live a life of sexual abstinence if you are single.
(3) You remain sexually faithful to your husband/wife if married.
(4) You stop supporting the idea that sex is nothing more than an uncontrollable urge.
If you say that you can't do that, then what you lack is personal responsibility and self discipline. A condom can't save any lives, but keeping yourself out of sexual mischief will guarantee that you won't have to worry about AIDS knocking on your door. And you won't have to worry about getting tested, which resolves nothing. But that's another post.