Scripture Reading: Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers
On July 30th, 1988, thirty-one years ago, Judy and I consecrated our vows of marriage in the Graham Taylor Chapel of Chicago Theological Seminary. But before the Cook County Registrar could issue us our wedding license, we were required to be tested for the AIDS virus. You heard it right. In those days every couple regardless of gender identity had to be tested for the acquired immune deficiency syndrome virus. Many of us remember the AIDS epidemic. The reason why I bring this up is because 1988 was smack dab in the middle of the AIDS crisis. Yes, many of us remember the AIDS epidemic as a phenomenon that caused great fear and enormous concern around the globe. We also remember, or maybe we don’t realize, that the AIDS virus, and complications associated with it, killed an estimated 39 million people. So, what have we learned in the 30 plus years since that particular time period?