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

Sexual Morality

BWA General Council Resolution 1989.3

WHEREAS, humanity everywhere is undergoing a revolution in sexual morality as evidenced by changing mores, promiscuity, marital infidelity and a preoccupation of the media and advertising with a crass commercialization of sex, and

WHEREAS, the youth of most societies in today’s world are largely disoriented as to sexual values which contribute to the stability and enjoyment of family life over the span of human life, and

WHEREAS, much physical, emotional and spiritual harm is being perpetuated upon humanity by cheapening of sex in the media, by the sexual exploitation of women and children in pornography, by extra-marital pregnancies, by the use of abortion for birth control, by the widespread sexual abuse of children, by the rapid and frightening spread of AIDS, and by commercialization of sex, and

Whereas, God gave to humankind the good gift of sex for procreation, the expression of love and pleasure, and the enhancement of the biblical teaching of the one-flesh relationship, in the context of monogamous marriage all to be used to the glory and purposes of God, and

WHEREAS Christ’s redemption includes our human sexuality,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, August 1989, encourages Baptist churches and Baptist bodies in and nations to prepare, share and disseminate materials advocating the biblical understanding of human sexuality in order to encourage high respect among both males and females of all ages for each other and faithfulness to the mind of Christ.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1989 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1989.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1989 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1989), p. 62.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1989.3 Sexual Morality; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1989.3).

The AIDS Crisis

The Continuing AIDS Crisis

BWA General Council Resolution 1993.6

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe August 6-9, 1993,

NOTES with alarm that since its last resolution on AIDS in 1988 the number of those infected has reached epidemic proportions in many countries;

HIGHLIGHTS:
• The alarming spread of AIDS in Africa
• The ravages of AIDS among those aged 20-45;
• The plight of a generation born infected with AIDS who are unlikely to reach their fifth birthday; • The increasing number of AIDS orphans, already in the millions.

IS APPALLED by the tragic impact of AIDS upon the social, political and economic structures of many African nations as it imposes ever increasing burdens upon their scarce resources, and by the failure of many to develop timely programs of education, prevention and care;

AFFIRMS a Christian lifestyle and sexual values, including the Biblical models of chastity outside marriage and fidelity within marriage as a significant means of limiting the spread of AIDS;

BELIEVES that regardless of the cause of infection every sufferer has the right to appropriate and adequate medical care, to be accorded the dignity proper to them as persons and to be granted the same human rights as their fellow citizens; and

CALLS UPON Baptists around the world:

• To cooperate with efforts to limit the spread of AIDS;
• To work with others to secure funds for research for a cure for AIDS;

• To obey the call of Jesus Christ to be ministers of compassion, responding to the afflicted and their families with prayerful, loving support, and

• To serve as models of accepting communities where full human dignity is accorded all those affected directly and indirectly by AIDS, as a sign of the Kingdom of God

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993), p. 112.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1993.6 The Continuing AIDS Crisis; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1993.6).

The AIDS Crisis

Baptist World Aid and the Poor in God’s World

BWA General Council Resolution 2007.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering, meeting in Accra, Ghana, July 2-7, 2007:

Renews its decision made at the General Council in Seoul, Korea, 2004, to strengthen the capacity of aid and development agencies, such as Baptist World Aid, to make a biblically- shaped response to the needs of the poor and oppressed in line with the Micah Challenge campaign to support the UN initiative of 2000 on the Millennium Development Goals to halve the level of world poverty by 2015;

Applauds what progress has been made so far at the half way mark of the UN initiative through the commitment by the world community, following advocacy campaigns by the Micah Challenge and others, including

  1. more than 135 million people lifted above living on $1 a day;
  2. more than 34 million additional children attending and completing primary school;
  3. increased donor focus on HIV, and to some extent on malaria and other diseases, resulting in a reduction in tuberculosis infection rates in all regions and a ten-fold increase in distribution of insecticide-treated nets in Africa;
  4. improvement in the ratio of girls enrolled in school compared to boys, as demonstrated in South Asia where it has increased from 69 to 87 girls for 100 boys;
  5. increase in the number of women receiving assistance in childbirth in most regions;
  6. increased flows of aid to the poorest nations, with debt cancellation forming the bulk of the increased aid.

Laments and is convicted by the lack of progress towards some of the Goals to reduce poverty in God’s world, finding it totally unacceptable that:

7. 10 million children still die each year, primarily from preventable diseases;

8. 500,000 women die each year from complication in pregnancy and childbirth, with 1 in 7 women dying in some countries of Africa (e.g. Niger);

9. 90 million children still do not have access to primary school education;

10. HIV prevalence rates rose in every region of the world in 2006, and tragically, AIDS deaths in Africa roughly matched the number of new infections; water and sanitation funding, critical to public health, productivity and

11. education, is one third of the estimated $23 billion needed for the 1 billion people without these facilities;

12. the poor are the most vulnerable to the threat to environmental sustainability caused by the rise in greenhouse gas emissions and the current and projected impact of global warming;

13. the collapse of the Doha World Trade Organization negotiations has left many of the injustices in the global trade system in place, primarily affecting the poor nations.

Recognizes that an increased commitment is needed by the churches and members of the Baptist World Alliance by

1) increasing our personal and corporate financial sacrifice on behalf of the poor;

2) vigorously advocating to and lobbying our national leaders on their moral responsibility for the needs of the poor;

3) teaching a more authentic holistic Gospel to our faith communities;

4) acting as agents of hope with and for the poor, and so see that the Millennium Goals are achieved, in order that all, created in God’s image, may live life as God intended.

Calls upon the nations of the world to take seriously their commitments to the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations to halve the current level of world poverty by 2015. Further calls upon the richest nations to take urgent action to ensure that at least 0.7% of the national GNP is used to this end, and so secure a more just and merciful world.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2007 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2007.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2007 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2007), pp. 94- 96.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2007.3 Baptist World Aid and the Poor in God’s World; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2007.3).