Chuck Colson

Of course, you won’t hear governmental and non-governmental officials saying any of this. In their estimation, Africa’s problem is that it’s too, well, African, and not enough like New York or London. Respect for tradition and belief in a transcendent ideal are things to be overcome, not embraced.

That’s why Brooks came away from his trip “impressed by the level of medical expertise and depressed by the lack of moral, sociological, psychological and cultural expertise.”

While I understand Brooks’s “depression,” his column had the opposite effect on me. It’s so gratifying to see that someone like Brooks, an eminent columnist who is not a Christian, now understands why Christians have emphasized the moral dimension of the AIDS crisis: not because we’re against sex, but because we’re against suffering and death.

Chuck Colson is founder and chairman of BreakPoint Online, a member group.

For further reading and information:

Today’s BreakPoint offer: The Skeptics Guide to the Global AIDS Crisis: Tough Questions, Direct Answers by Dale Hanson Bourke. Call 1-877-322-5527 to order.

David Brooks, “The Wisdom We Need to Fight AIDS,” New York Times, 12 June 2005 (reprinted by International Herald Tribune).

David Brooks, “In Africa, life after AIDS,” New YorkTimes, 10 June 2005 (reprinted by International Herald Tribune).

David Brooks, “Liberals, conservatives, and aid,” New York Times, 27 June 2005 (reprinted by International Herald Tribune).

David Brooks, “A Natural Alliance,” New York Times, 26 May 2005 (reprinted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life).

Alan Cooperman, “Religious Right, Left Meet in Middle,” WashingtonPost, 15 June 2005, A01.

Shapi Shacinda, “Zambia to put debt relief into AIDS fight,” Reuters, 20 June 2005.

South African grandmothers shoulder the care of AIDS orphans,”, 20 June 2005.

Subscribe today to BreakPoint WorldView magazine: The September issue will focus on global and domestic poverty, population, and AIDS. Call 1-877-322-5527.

BreakPoint Commentary No. 040706, “The Missing Factor: ‘Fidelity Fix’.”

BreakPoint Commentary No. 031103, “Mankind Is Our Business: Christians and Human Rights.”

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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