SABC Intersexions and the fear of Aids!

South African Broadcasting Corporation has been airing a series called Intersexions on their SABC 1 channel, with a central theme on how HIV spreads through the human sexual network. It seems this series has scared a lot of people and made them aware of the risk of Aids. Of all the episodes, it seems the last episode is the one that spoke to the hearts of people. The documentary finale, screened last night, takes an unusual tack: it gives voice to HIV, who has been silent throughout the series. And HIV is a smooth, calculating, undercover operator, who chuckles evilly at people who take chances with their lives – and bitterly resents those who thwart him by practising safe sex, knowing their HIV status and staying in monogamous relationships. Finally, HIV stands the viewer’s conception of how the infection chain progressed on its head, showing that very often one cannot make assumptions about who infected whom.

It seems the fear of contracting HIV has made people look into their behaviour and question their immorality. The only thing the series has managed to do is persuade people to use condoms and not to have multiple partners, with the purpose of ensuring that they don’t get infected with HIV. While we can’t question the dramatic impact that HIV has in South Africa, and the need to stop the spread of the disease, I however find myself disgusted by this series. Firstly, it is one of those series where there’s more pornography than in any other series I have ever seen, and bear in mind that I have only seen the last episode which summarised the whole series. They may say that they had to build up to the last episode where everything comes into place, but is it necessary to combat reckless sexual behaviour by promoting sex in the first place? The producers seem to have lost touch with the fact that any sex scenes on TV appeal positively to the audience, and not negatively as they seem to think, hence the series had high ratings unlike other series dealing with the same issue. Secondly, the series promotes everything else, as long as the person doesn’t get infected with HIV. It doesn’t teach abstinence, it only teaches people to be smart. It doesn’t say people shouldn’t be immoral, it only says they should use condoms whenever they are immoral.

Thirdly and more importantly, the series misses the point altogether. The point is not to be faithful to your spouse so that you don’t get HIV or use condoms when you do cheat, the point is that God commands that “marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4). The point is not for unmarried people to have relationships with only one partner and use condoms, but to understand that God commands us to avoid fornication (1 Corinthians 7:2) and repent from it (Revelations 2:21).

To those who have had their consciences awakened by this series, I urge you to be aware that not having HIV doesn’t mean you are at peace with God. The constant usage of condoms doesn’t separate us from the sins of fornication, lust and adultery. Fornication remains a sin, whether or not it was committed with or without a condom. The bible is clear that all fornicators and adulterers will have their part in the lake of fire called hell (see Revelations 21:8, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Even you who are HIV positive, your plight don’t mean God has forgotten your sins, you still need to repent to Him for them, not because of remorse that is caused by your HIV status, but because you realise that you have sinned against Him and He has the will and the power to bring you into account for your sins. After all, the seventh commandment from God said “you shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20), and Jesus said whoever looks with lust has committed adultery (see Matthew 5:28).

Thomas Watson said “(Biblical) repentance is a grace of God’s Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed … (it is) made up of six special ingredients: 1) sight of sin. 2) sorrow for sin. 3) confession of sin. 4) shame for sin. 5) hatred for sin. 6) turning from sin.” If you have had sex before marriage, cheated on your spouse, or have looked at an opposite sex with lust, then you need to repent from your sins, and trust that through Jesus, God can forgive your sins.

People can watch Intersexions and other films and dramas all they want, but until they realize that fornication and adultery are sin against God and God only, then it’s all useless. I stopped fornicating when I realized that I offended God, and not because there was a danger of Aids. Aids can only kill the body, “but I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him” (Luke 12:5).

Do you recognise that you have offended God? If not, then you are in danger of hell.



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