Stearns on Christianity and HIV/AIDS
On Wednesday, World Vision US President Richard Stearns shared an op-ed in the Washington Post entitled “Christianity and HIV/AIDS: From criticism to compassion.” Stearns describes his own story of a personal reversal in his perspective of HIV and AIDS. After all, Jesus states that the second greatest commandment is to “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22: 39), yet the Christian church was a bit late to embrace a response to this deadly pandemic. But now, motivated by compassion, Stearns urges Christians to engage in the global fight against HIV and AIDS.
“It is remarkable that in these last two decades we have moved from a frightening and unknown killer, to a horrifying global epidemic causing millions of deaths annually, and now having an AIDS-free generation within reach.
What’s perhaps more striking is the unlikely group that contributed a crucial component to this success. Two decades ago, no one would have predicted that Christians would so quickly change their response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic from criticism to compassion…”