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LaShawn Barber has some strong words about the disproportionate number of HIV/AIDS cases in the African American community and some other related things here. I like the boldness with which she proclaims the truth. And for those of you who are not regular LaShawn Barber readers, be assured that she is not advocating the non-marriage option she mentions. (For more on that, see her Rebelliously Chaste post.) Instead, it seems that she is hoping that the fools who will not heed God’s word on marriage-then-sex might be spared of suffering an STD from their foolishness.

I do not wish HIV/AIDS or any STD on anyone either. But the Scriptures are clear that fools do not learn after many blows, and that those in sexual immorality create a mysterious union – a unholy one albeit, unlike marriage – that needs the power of the death and resurrection of Christ to break it:

A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool. (Prov. 17:10, ESV.)

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools. (Prov. 26:3, ESV.)

Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. (I Cor. 6:14-18, ESV..

So there will always be those who ignore the warning of God’s word and hasten toward an STD. I only hope LaShawn’s post can be heard by the people who need to hear it most. Why not pass on this message to your networks so that the seriousness of the situation can get to people in our community?

November is also American Diabetes Month and National Adoption Month. The messages of diabetes care and adoption opportunities also need to be heard by members of the African American community. As an adoptive parent and as one who lives in a home where diabetes is a daily factor in our lives, I cannot emphasize enough the joy to be had in adoption, and the vigilance needed to care for one you love who has diabetes.

Oh, here’s an idea.