POSTED BY | Sep, 29, 2017 | Uncategorized

Prophetic voices move mountains. I could rattle off great movement leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Gandhi, and you would shake your head in agreement with me to the prophetic nature of their work. These leaders used both their positioning and voices to awaken large groups of people and move the masses to action — restorative, justice-oriented action.

Many believers would say that these people were divinely positioned for this work. The divine positioning of prophetic voices for one such cause — HIV/AIDS — happened in the early 2000s… Bono, the lead singer of U2, assisted in driving a movement of both evangelical leaders and politicians to see the needs of those infected with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. Well-known evangelical voices with varying views on politics, doctrine, and theology come together to respond to the need for medication and care. President George W. Bush created PEPFAR (U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) to assist in bringing medication and treatment to millions of people throughout the world. It was an exciting time for those of us who had been working in Africa because medication at that time had not been available — and we were seeing death daily. With PEPFAR and prophetic voices, there was hope. There was a future…for Africa…

In the United States, 1.2 million Americans are currently living with HIV—and 1 in 8 of them don’t know it. Many struggle to remain in care and on their medications. Although the annual number of new diagnoses have declined 19 percent between 2005 and 2014, there are still certain groups of people that are disproportionately affected, including black gay and bisexual men. Furthermore, African Americans continue to experience the greatest burden of this virus…

Church — the time is here, the time is now. We are a divinely-placed people who must view ALL of God’s children as image bearers in need of restoration. When we focus only on how people acquired HIV or who is safe to serve, we miss God’s greater call for us. We give lame excuses. And God will use and call others, and you will miss a great party.

How is God calling you to use your voice? Have we moved on to the next great social justice issue? HIV is still here, and you are still needed…

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