LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP)--Today's young Christians are the church, not the church's future, and it's time they take seriously the Bible's call to care for "the least of these," including those with HIV/AIDS, Francis Chan told students at a youth summit on World AIDS Day.
"You're not the future of the church. You are the church and as a pastor I am begging you: Set the example for the rest of the church," said Chan, who is teaching pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, Calif.
More than 1,000 people gathered Dec. 1 at Saddleback Church for the first-ever HIV/AIDS Youth Summit, while more than 4,100 others joined in by satellite uplink at 200 locations in 35 states and Canada.
Chan's message was echoed over and over again by pastors, people living with HIV and others -– including Jenna Bush, daughter of President Bush -– who addressed the students during the summit.
Chan's own eyes were opened to the suffering around the world around five years ago when he went to Africa and saw children searching through trash for food. Chan immediately thought of the verse that tells Christians to "love your neighbor as yourself." Read More