Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins writes, “Being people of faith doesn’t keep us from facing challenges, but our faith tells us we are equal to the challenges.”
Durrell, senior pastor of Sunshine Cathedral MCC in Ft. Lauderdale, is responding to the 28th anniversary–today–of the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control that a task force had been formed to investigate the cases of Karposi’s sarcoma and pneumocystis in gay men. What we now know as HIV/AIDS begins to be isolated and named.
28 years. So many dead, and still dying (especially where the drugs are not easily available).
And many now living with what has become a chronic, and mostly manageable, condition–so some refuse to take elementary precautions against infection.
Still, there is stigma and shame attached to those with the disease.
Our challenge is to keep the dialogue open, to resist in every way perpetuating the shame, to pray for a cure, to care for those whose immune systems do not respond positively to the drugs, to agitate until everyone in the world has easy access to the medications, to put condoms everywhere, to demand funding for cure and care.
Keep the faith, share the faith, live the faith. Never give up.