Jesus had AIDS?
‘Jesus was HIV-Positive’
Johannesburg – A churchman in Cape Town has angered Christians in his community by preaching that Jesus Christ was HIV-positive, South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.
Reverend Xola Skosana of the charismatic Way of Life church said he had decided to tackle the issue of HIV/Aids head-on to end the stigma surrounding the disease.
In a sermon entitled “Jesus was HIV positive” he told his congregation in Khayelitsha township that God was present in everyone, sick and healthy.
This isn’t an American story, but it sure feels like one. Good intentions, poor execution. Apparently the pastor was trying to destigmatize HIV for his congregation. HIV is a massive problem throughout the African continent and needs serious attention, not to mention the involvement of the church, but there’s probably a better way to raise awareness and get the church to be the church to those with HIV other than throwing out a line like “Jesus was HIV-positive.”