WHEREAS, There have been 361,509 persons reported with AIDS in the United States as of December 31, 1993, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and
WHEREAS, There have been 220,871 deaths of persons with AIDS as of December 31, 1993, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and
WHEREAS, It is estimated that in the United States, there are about one million persons with HIV according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and
WHEREAS, Many persons have contracted HIV through irresponsible and immoral behavior, many others are innocent victims who have been subjected to unfair condemnation and alienation; and
WHEREAS, All persons living with AIDS and their families deserve compassionate ministry from Christians without respect to the means by which they contracted the disease.
Therefore Be it RESOLVED, That we urge Christians to follow Christ’s example of compassion and reach out to those with AIDS and their families; and
Be it further RESOLVED, That as we have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, Who comforts us, as Scripture teaches, we must be ambassadors and messengers of reconciliation and comfort to those persons living with AIDS; and
Be it further RESOLVED, That knowing all persons living with AIDS have not contracted the disease through immoral behavior, we encourage Christians to compassionate ministry to those in the body (and out) who are living with AIDS and their families; and
Be it further RESOLVED, That we encourage Christians to become better informed by securing reputable, accurate, and morally sound information concerning HIV/AIDS; and
Be it finally RESOLVED, That we urge Christians to encourage other believers already involved in AIDS ministry and to urge all those not involved to become involved.