The AIDS Crisis

The AIDS Crisis

BWA General Council Resolution 1988.2

As the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meets in Nassau, the Bahamas, July 1988, the AIDS crisis continues to escalate on a global scale.

The 16,000 cases of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) reported in 1985 are now nearly 75,000 in 129 countries. Further, AIDS is at present a fatal disease which especially assaults those aged 20-49 in the years of their lives normally the most productive, both socially and economically, and a specter that poses threatening circumstances for the world at large and the future opening before us as humanity moves toward the 21st century.

In the face of this severity, we:

Urge that AIDS now command the attention of Christian churches and that all Christians take steps to understand their vital role in creating a more responsible and balanced approach toward this problem.

This Council also urges member bodies of the Baptist World family to:

Oppose those sexual mores and practices which contribute to the development and spread of this disease, address the issue of responsible sex education in a Christian context and encourage the sharing of educational and medical information, and

Obey the call of Jesus Christ to be ministers of compassion, responding to the afflicted and their families with prayerful, loving support.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988), p. 69.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1988.2 The AIDS Crisis; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1988.2).

The AIDS Crisis

Illicit Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Addictive Chemical Substances

BWA General Council Resolution 1988.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in the Bahamas, July 1988:

Gives thanks to God for the comfort and well being brought to multitudes through the medical use of drugs;

Views with alarm the tragic growth of illicit drug trafficking, the subsequent victimizing of vast numbers of people, especially youth, through these addictive substances and the resulting explosion of drug-related crises;

Recognizes alcohol as the world’s most abused drug and decries the tragedy of this problem neglected by governments and churches around the world in their own Baptist family;

Acknowledges the non-medical use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs as a curse on human life, exacting a terrible toll with increasingly tragic effects on people and societies all over the world;

Exhorts all Baptist churches faithfully to teach children youth and adults to regard the body as the temple of the holy Spirit, life itself as the gift of God and drug abuse as a denial of our creation in the image of God and of our responsible freedom under the Lordship of Christ; and

Urges that Baptists work together and with other responsible groups and organizations for effective education, social controls and legal constraints toward the elimination of drug trafficking and all forms of drug abuse.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988), p. 70.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1988.3 Illicit Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Addictive Chemical Substances; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1988.3).

The AIDS Crisis

South Africa

BWA General Council Resolution 1988.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Nassau, the Bahamas, July 1988:

Reaffirms its resolution dealing with apartheid adopted at its meeting in Los Angeles in 1985, and

Urges the Baptist Union and the Baptist Convention of Southern Africa to challenge the evil of apartheid by their own example of reconciliation and full equality within their own churches and the extended Christian family as well as their society.

Further, this Council urges all member bodies to:

Condemn the actions of the South African government in banning 18 humanitarian anti-apartheid organizations; detaining persons, especially children, arresting church leaders in Cape Town, and water-hosing a peaceful procession of Christian witnesses;

Deplore the intention of the South African government to legislate to prevent foreign funding of peaceful and humanitarian agencies at work in South Africa; and

Support the continuing representation being made to appropriate governments, urging them to reappraise economic policy towards South Africa and to condemn the South African government’s persistent attempts to discredit and silence the opposition of South African churches and Christian leaders.

And, further this General Council:

Requests its general secretary to convey the import of this resolution to the Baptist Union of Southern Africa, the Baptist Convention of Southern Africa and the South Africa Council of Churches to offer encouragement to these bodies in their striving for peace in their country, and

Recognizes the impact the suffering of the multicolored Baptist family in South Africa has on the worldwide body of Christ and therefore accepts responsibility to engage in every possible way in the process of establishing justice and equality within their troubled part of the world and, furthermore, urges Baptists everywhere to pray unceasingly for healing and reconciliation.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988), p. 71.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1988.4 South Africa; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1988.4).

The AIDS Crisis

Peacemaking

BWA General Council Resolution 1988.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance has often addressed peace issues, most recently in 1985 and 1986. Again in 1988, as the Council meets in the Bahamas, we:

Reaffirm previous resolutions that have spoken to peace with disarmament and peace with justice, and

Welcome the completion of the treaty calling for the elimination of intermediate range nuclear equipped missiles for the United States of America and the USSR and encourage work toward understandings which will lead to the reduction of all levels of military forces.

We commend the pursuit of the disarmament goals of the United Nations and urge governments of the world to participate in the multilateral disarmament negotiations conducted under U.N. auspices, looking toward the establishment of international security for all.

We enthusiastically support the worldwide profess leading toward a World Convocation in Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, and we encourage our churches to participate in that process.

In view of hostilities between and within countries in the Middle East and strife-torn regions ofAsia, Africa and Latin America, we

Encourage all Christians and other of good will to continue in the quest for good neighborliness and confidence-building measures among nations because we believe such efforts are consistent with the gospel of peace and truth Christians seek to proclaim;

Affirm the efforts of Baptist peacemakers to link together a global network of fellow believers committed to “seek peace and pursue it; and

Call on every Baptist church in our worldwide family to pray that we, as individuals and congregations, will be patient peacemakers in our warring world, bearing faithful witness to Jesus Christ who is the source of peace and justice.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988), p. 72.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1988.5 Peacemaking; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1988.5).

The AIDS Crisis

Toxic Waste

BWA General Council Resolution 1988.6

God created earth— air, land and sea. Because we are stewards of Planet Earth, we Christians, along with all people of good will, are disturbed by the pollution of land, air and sea. It is profoundly distressing that nations are reported to be dumping nuclear waste onto the soil of developing nations.

Therefore, this General Council, meeting in the Bahamas, July 1988, must:

Alert its member bodies to the need to be increasingly sensitive to the dangers that toxic wastes, both nuclear and industrial, pose for all humanity and for generations to come, and

Call upon Christians, and all persons of good will, to pressure governments and industries to ensure that they neither deposit nor export death-dealing wastes to any place, most especially to developing

countries in no position to handle these toxic materials.

In light of the present situation and the damage occurring, we encourage research on an international and cooperative basis to reduce the risks of disposing of these materials.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988), p. 73.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1988.6 Toxic Waste; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1988.6).