I came across this article online at CNN.com.,“Church most powerful weapon against HIV/AIDS, “describing Rev. Rick Warren intervention efforts against HIV/AIDS in Africa. Unfortunately, I do not know much about him other than he’s the founder and pastor at Saddleback Church and he wrote The Purpose Driven Life as the article points out. I have however seen him on national news programs but rarely gave him an audience longer than a few seconds. Disclaimer: (I am skeptical of him and his cohorts.)
HIV/AIDS affect millions globally and Warren’s crusade to combat the disease is chronicled with his interventions efforts (e.g., HIV testing, Christian volunteers, stewardship) in the article. Pastor Rick Warren, I contend is a Christian believer of non-marital sex and disproves of the usage of condoms. Albeit an important defense to HIV infections (Condoms) is not promoted anywhere in the article: This is not an oversight by Pastor Warren.
Rick Warren’s efforts are highly susceptible to his religious beliefs and those sentiments are not all covered in this essay. I question one who does not mention condoms as a defense against the HIV/AIDS infection. Blacks globally are overrepresented in AIDS infection and one easily becomes mislead by these covert operations. The article provides what appears as a noble cause, (I doubt it); Rick Warren is not qualified to help the HIV/AIDS epidemic if condoms are off the table. His efforts are paramount to telling people not to use smoke detectors and provide intervention efforts after their homes have burned down. He is driven in the wrong direction.
Condoms can help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS infections. This is not new to Warren but premarital sex goes against his faith and this trumps reason, facts, or common sense. The African American’s church community serves a similar public doctrine as Warren. Nevertheless, their congregations are saturated with LGBT parishioners as well as pastors, deacons, and first ladies are Gay and Lesbians. Nevertheless, the charade in the Black community about their highly intolerance of LGBT life styles is laughable. In other words, they choose like Warren to imagine premarital sex does not occur by church members. Really, have you checked the never married single mother’s rates attending Black churches?
If condoms can help prevent HIV/AIDS infections, why would any reasonable person not recommend them? Oh, I forgot pastors like Warren are allergic to reason and common sense. What a pity?
The Invisible Dragon