In "With Eyes to See" (by Bob Smietana, April 2007), megachurch leaders Kay Warren and Lynne Hybels appear to have discovered the devastating AIDS epidemic that has been raging in Africa for more than two decades. Although it can be argued that anything that raises awareness of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa should be welcome, the photo-ops of the pair visiting Africa are both manipulative and self-serving. Further, the description of their misguided attitude toward people with AIDS, at least prior to their conversion, is chilling.
As a Christian community we have been guilty of willful ignorance, indifference, intolerance, and racism in the face of this horrible epidemic. I look to Sojourners to raise the consciousness of Christians toward AIDS through informed and Christ-centered discussion. This effort falls far short on so many levels.
Vancouver, British Columbia