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In his book, Who Speaks For God, Chuck Colson tells us in the first chapter of a New York bishop who announced unequivocally that “AIDS is not God’s judgment on the homosexual community” while he was addressing a gay rights demonstration. The next day a predictable response came from conservative church leaders: AIDS is His judgment on homosexuals. Writes Colson: “The debate raises a timely question. Who does speak for God? Ironically, while the bishop and his conservative challengers were pontificating over who was responsible for AIDS, I discovered that a young woman on my staff named Christy was using her evenings and weekends to do something about it. At a time when most Americans were panic-stricken over the contagious disease or snickering at snide AIDS jokes, Christy and her prayer group were visiting terminally ill AIDS patients at a Washington area hospital. None of the men had families in the area, and certainly no visitors. So Christy’s group brought…

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