My journey of healing, regarding leadership abuse, began with the article, ‘My Beloved Child’. It helped me to understand that we are trapped within a vicious circle which finds us masking our pain with activities in the church; fancy phrases that divert others from our pain; elaborate titles and even fashion. I also realized that this vicious circle will not be broken until:
1.We look within ourselves, acknowledging our true position in Christ;
2.Recognize the pain that we’ve been travelling with; then
3.Seek the help we need so that we can move forward in our ministries and in our lives.
A Messy AffairBy Janice S Ramkissoon [Part 1 – How it Began]
The poem that follows helped me to understand that change begins with me. I hope it will do the same for you. I have inserted intros to separate the different parts so it doesn’t have to be read as one long poem.
I went to church, Good people I met.But I didn’t get saved, Ain’t that a mess!
Good folks were my guide, Not the bible, I must confess.Tradition was my religion – Ain’t that a mess!
Good deeds I’ve done – Always ready to do my best.‘Good deed’ was all I had to do. Ain’t that a mess!
Mis-education, mis-conception, This I must lay to rest.Tradition my lecturer, Ain’t that a mess!
[Part 2—Heading for Destruction]
Missing Sunday service was a sinBeing a regular attendant – Heaven will let me inAin’t that a mess!
So regularly, I attended church, Soon, a social club it became;Turning up, just to show face, Comfortable, for I was saved!
The devil showed up in church, I embraced him like a friend.‘Love thy neighbour as thyself’ – That’s what the bible says!
My eyes were blinded to the truth,For bread was all I was being fed.And though physically I was energised,Spiritually, I was dead.
“Come boldly to the cross, Salvation is free”, the message I received.I was happy to accept, For saving grace, I did need.
[Part 3 – Recognising the Call]
No one explained: MUCH was required of me.“Volunteers we need – More volunteers please…”
Meanwhile, souls are dying, But no one sees.Church folks aren’t growing, It’s like a disease!
Time to unite and sort out this mess! “Dear Father, we need to hear from Thee.For this is truly a messy affair. Lord, help us please!!!”
©2007 Janice Ramkissoon Edited 8th April 2009--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I started a song with a phrase that came into my spirit: ‘Dead man walking’. The more I repeated this phrase, the more the reality of it came home to me. There are many dead souls in our churches and some aren’t aware that they are dead. I asked God to use me to be of help in this department as it wasn’t long ago that I too was in this position. He gave me the inspiration for the above poem in 2007 which I shared with my Faithwriters family. I am now sharing it in the hope that a revival will begin in each dead or dying soul that pass this way. It is also here as a reminder for each of us to check-in with the Great Physician on a regular basis. At the time I got the phrase, I also imagined people operating in various leadership positions within the church, though they are spiritually dead. I pray this will start a revival within you.
God bless you on your journey. Keep reading God’s Word and growing in the knowledge of Christ.
Your sister in Christ,
Janice S Ramkissoon
3rd September 2012.
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