HIV/AIDS care has become a pressing need in the world as it is affecting millions of lives. In some African countries almost every home is affected. India too has few millions of HIV/AIDS patients. Who else can show these individuals and their families the way of hope than the believers? However, the responsibility is put aside saying it’s social work, which we are not called to do.But any student of the Bible can see Gods heart going out to the poor, needy, sick and the afflicted irrespective of their backgrounds (Ps.72:12-13, Isa.25:4). God commanded the Israelites to show compassion to such among them. Pleading for the cause of the afflicted and needy is one of the evidence of knowing the Lord. (Jer.22: 16) Jesus was known as the friend of sinners and publicans. James describes faith without works as vain and hypocritical and dead .James 2:14-17James 2:14-17
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. alone: Gr. by itself
WP-Bible plugin. Apostle Paul says that we are saved unto good works. So the mandate is clear, we do have a responsibility to respond to the needs around us. So rather than responding to needs, many of us are engaged in debating the legitimacy of people and organizations engaged in such activities.
We know that the failure of local churches have triggered new organizations to respond to the needs. Thus “organizations have become necessary evil.” Yet, the members of ACCEPT believes that any such ministries should be an outreach of local assemblies and ACCEPT is such a ministry.
So, let us not be just debaters of the issue but doers of Lord’s command. We can talk and debate much about organizations legitimacy, while millions around the world are dying and many are going to a lost eternity. Let us join hands and meet the pressing need of the time with the compassion of Christ.
Raju K Mathew is Founder Chairman of ACCEPT