What's Happening In Your World
By Jesse Herriott HIV/AIDS in America is still a serious issue, and it’s an even bigger issue in other parts of the world. This Saturday marks World AIDS Day, and not to put down the religious proclivity of one ethnicity, namely my own, but you probably won’t hear the subject matter being addressed in many churches on the following Sunday. Firstly, to cover a little information about HIV/AIDS; HIV is not the same as the AIDS virus. As a term, HIV represents the Human immunodeficiency virus, and it is a part of the retrovirus family that can cause AIDS, which is the Acquired immunodeficiency Syndrome if left untreated. As with any disease, ignorance of it, and lack of preventative methods increase the likelihood of mating with a partner that has it. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the Religious community at-large, especially the Black church, to address the notion of sexuality and health, if you believe the statistics about HIV/AIDS and African-Americans. To allow another Sunday morning to go by, and preaching abstinence to a congregation influenced by the 21st century s****l revolution will only serve as to push the issue under the rug. And to be honest, this issue is NOT going away, not in that manner. Firstly, if you believe the statistics, according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), African-Americans account for about 14% of the U.S. population, and make up about 44% of new HIV cases. Now, if you attend the conferences on HIV/AIDS, you may find that those numbers look a bit off, unless someone is purposely not alerting the Black community about those conferences; but still choose to focus them in the statistics. But, that’s another article. Within Black religious communities, there is talk of which religious attendee has HIV/AIDS, what pastor or Bishop died from HIV/AIDS, what musician has it, and who’s in the closet but still goes to church. Yet, there are more whispers about HIV/AIDS in the pews than loud, screaming sermons about it? HIV/AIDS is not a punishment from God on the LGBT community, or those that have a higher s****l drive than others. This article isn’t so much a bashing of the Black church as it is a call to action among black leaders to revisit their stance on the subject matter, as well as sexuality in this post-modern age. It is easy for a married Pastor to scream abstinence when they’re getting it on with their significant other every night, (whether they are married or not). In that manner, those rules would only apply to those not “adept” enough to know that it’s supposed to be a joke they were “not” supposed to fall for? Secondly, it’s easy for a religious leader to scream abstinence when they don’t have a strong s****l proclivity themselves. And, a sexually active generation isn’t an excuse to force early marriage either; but it does and should force religious leaders to revisit their views on Sexuality. Abstinence didn’t work for you, why force it on others? How about passing out condoms after collecting the offering? You may tick off the deacon board, but your younger folk’ will respect you because you don’t live in a box; but even that is still not justification for sleeping with everything that walks. So brother & sister preacher, when you get up on this Sunday morning, take some time to talk about the HIV/AIDS crisis; the CDC says that we make up 44% of new HIV cases, so I think it’s worthy of a Sunday talk. Jesse Herriott is a priest; writer and adjunct professor in Atlanta, GA. Jesse is also completing a PhD in Psychology from NorthCentral University, and is a contributing columnist on www.Unity.org. In addition, he hosts a weekly radio broadcast airing every Tuesday at 9am Central on Unity Online Radio entitled, “Living on Purpose.” Learn more at www.jesseherriott.com

Jesse Herriott: The Black Church’s Response (or Lack thereof) to HIV/AIDS

By Jesse Herriott

HIV/AIDS in America is still a serious issue, and it’s an even bigger issue in other parts of the world. This Saturday marks World AIDS Day, and not to put down the religious proclivity of one ethnicity, namely my own, but you probably won’t hear the subject matter being addressed in many churches on the following Sunday.

Firstly, to cover a little information about HIV/AIDS; HIV is not the same as the AIDS virus. As a term, HIV represents the Human immunodeficiency virus, and it is a part of the retrovirus family that can cause AIDS, which is the Acquired immunodeficiency Syndrome if left untreated. As with any disease, ignorance of it, and lack of preventative methods increase the likelihood of mating with a partner that has it. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the Religious community at-large, especially the Black church, to address the notion of sexuality and health, if you believe the statistics about HIV/AIDS and African-Americans.

Read Original Article At Black Blue Dog

* Email
 First Name
 Last Name
  * = Required Field
 
Email Marketing You Can Trust

8 comments

  1. Link exchange is nothing else except it is only placing the other person’s webpage link on your page at suitable place and other person will also do similar in favor of you.

    Here is my web page chiropraticiens sherbrooke

  2. In fact no matter if someone doesn’t know afterward its up to other users that they will assist, so here it happens.

    My web site chiropratique spécifique sherbrooke

  3. Hi! Someone in my Myspace group shared this site with us so I came
    to give it a look. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers!
    Exceptional blog and great style and design.

    Feel free to surf to my weblog: cabinet chiropratique sherbrooke

  4. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your blog?
    My blog site is in the exact same niche as yours and my users
    would genuinely benefit from some of the information you provide here.
    Please let me know if this alright with you.
    Regards!

    Here is my website: déménagement martin sherbrooke

  5. 318430 808906Hi, Thanks for your page. I discovered your page via Bing and hope you keep providing much more great articles. 655218

  6. The main purpose of the black Church is to keep black people stuck in fear of God's wrath, if we all don't believe in the incredible hypocrisy and nonsense that the Bible provides. Educating people about Aids or how to avoid the financial pitfalls that so many of us fall into would be too much self-empowerment for a people who're needed to be kept in perpetual fear of God and fellow men.

* Email
 First Name
 Last Name
  * = Required Field
 
Email Marketing You Can Trust
Get Your Free Copy of the Black American Money Ebook
Get It Now