Christianity applauds many virtues in the Ghanaian socio-cultural heritage. Good character, boldness, courage, honesty, love, deep sense of care, hospitality and inter-personal relationships all get high marks. One thing that still remains a mirage is SUBMISSION.
This attitude of regarding submissive people as “less graded people” with low value in society has permeated into the church. If you are like most people in Ghana, even the word “submission” brings a subtle but “defiant clench” deep into the pit of your stomach. If you know who you are in Christ, ( your identity) you have no problem submitting to leadership or authority without being devalued. The reason many people find it difficult to submit is because, they still haven’t left their old identity; like the Israelites, “they have left Egypt, but Egypt hasn’t left them”.
Many people assume they have some kind of “spiritual equality” with church leadership and so find it difficult to submit. It is true that the Spirit of God speaks to all children of God (Romans 8:14-16), but the vision and guidance of the church is NOT spoken to everyone, EXCEPT THE SENIOR LEADER OF THE CHURCH, and under his direction, other leaders of the church. Many modern Christians, in an attempt to avoid discipline, “play the victim game”. Once he or she is corrected for insubordination or related offenses, the blackmail begins. They see leaders as being controlling, harsh or autocratic.
Until believers begin to see church as a place of order and decency, submission to authority will continue to be a problem.
To be cont..
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.