In the days of Moses, they were certainly not without chaos and trauma. Four hundred years of slavery and a government that become more abusive over time was very hard on the people. When Moses came to deliver them, some argued his methods. When Moses arrived to command the freedom of the people, Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and commanded the task masters to be harder on the slaves. Even after their exodus, some people complained about their freedom and wished to go back. When a child of God speaks prophetic words to free people, they are often met with resistance. However, the resistance is not just from the oppressors, but even from those in captivity.
This is my life.
God has called me into a realm of ministry that is troublesome to many. It’s never easy to talk about abuse in our church communities. Abuse is painful. It’s even more difficult when it’s a pastor you have come to love. This is not a topic I ‘enjoy’ writing about. It’s tough work. It isn’t something you can say so politely. Speaking up about abuse requires boldness, especially if you’re trying to wake someone up from mind control. An often complaint about my methods of raising awareness is my boldness. I assure you that I have been trained and am well studied in this topic. Even Jesus was bold in the temple when he overthrew the tables.
Some people don’t like to read about tough topics that plague our Christian communities. It causes triggers of bad memories for them. I understand this more than you know. It’s a thorn in my own side, yet that thorn is what keeps me fighting for the victims.
This is just about all I’m going to say about this today, because I don’t want to use this blog for this calling. I have another blog where I write about the deep, tough, and incredibly painful things that people face in Christian communities (along with healing for them). I just didn’t want to not disclose this information to my readers here. This blog is my safe space to have refreshment from that path. I can’t stay in that tragic path, battling on the front lines, all the time. I need reprieve. This blog is that space.
I firmly believe in grace and in the belief that Christians are to be patient, loving, and bold to assist one another in walking by faith and in bringing awareness to our surroundings so we can stay safe.
Sadly, because I am called to this very difficult ministry, I have lost a lot of bloggy friends. For whatever reason, they have shied away from me and I am going to assume on the side of grace by believing it’s just a difficult topic for them to read about. (Not to mention I was very jaded when I left an abusive community.)
So with all that being said, my goal for this blog is not to talk about that a whole lot (if ever). If anyone wants to know more about that topic, I am available to assist you.
I do hope, though, that you will not hold it against me that I work in such a difficult type of ministry. Please show me some grace as I deal with tough topics on my other blog and on my personal Facebook page. Today, I am going to tighten up my personal Facebook wall so as not to upset people who I know find this topic uncomfortable. This is for my own personal privacy as well as for your sanity. So if you can’t find my personal page, please don’t be offended. I have my public page for this blog where you can connect with me under peaceful conversations. I’ll also be changing my online name for this blog to “Lisa”, and using Sister Lisa (my chosen ministry name) on my other blog.
Much love to you all,