Fwd: Let's tear down this 'Berlin Wall' ?
--- In IndianOrthodox@y..., George Abraham <george11@e...> wrote:
I feel our church is facing a real crisis now. In the media our
church is highlighted for all wrong reasons,either regarding a court
case or some law and order problem, "Holy Qurbana" under police
protection, one more church handed over for administration by a court
appointed Receiver etc, etc.About one year back, Asianet TV has
telecasted one of the most shameful incidents happened somewhere near
Moovattoopuzha in connection with the inauguration of one Computer
Institute belonging to our church. Two of our Bishops (One Bishop
from Orthodox and anothor Bishop from Patriarchial faction) were
shown virtually fighting in front of TV cameras.It will take years to
wipe out the memories of that shameful incident from the minds of
people who have witnessed that "show".
I am sure we all deserve a much better treatment.
It appears to me more a "Managerial Problem" facing our church rather
than anything else. May be the Administrative Structure is so
centralized with no channel available for anybody to express their
views. In the process, the true aspirations of the "people" are not
known to our church leadership. An aging leadership with not much
talented "Support Group" can also be another reason for this sorry
state of affairs.
The most important current issue to my mind is that the litigations
should come to a peaceful end immediately. As far as the general
members are concerned there is only one church. (See the situation
when marriage proposals are handled in our families. No sensible
person bothers, whether the proposal is from "Bavakkashi"
or "Methrankashi" irrespective of whichever faction he or she
happened to be)
The issues involved for the division has nothing to do with faith or
spiritual, but "purely political & materialistic", as I perceive. It
is really unfortunate that, we all talk/preach and feel proud about
the "Christian Love" "Ultimate Sacrifice" etc etc and practice
exactly the opposite. Whom we all are trying to fool? Our Lord
Jesus Christ ? If my understanding is correct, we are paying a
particular Snr. Advocate of Supreme Court around Rs 1.00 lakh per
Hour/sitting!!!(Perks etc extra). Remember, we are paying this out of
the contributions made by all of us including the "penny donated by
the widow" as mentioned in the Bible!! What an irony??
The way things look, we can not expect any initiative from the church
leadership on this issue. It appears there is total bankruptcy
of "ideas" and no sincerity at all. The only wayout is we the
ordinary church members should raise our voice. When our beloved
Bishops and other leaders come to our parishes, we should not
hesitate to question them on this vital issue. We are talking about
a small church .. Berlin wall was broken...Cold war ended...Two
superpowers are now cooperating...South & North Koreas are going
to unite.. Even there is an earnest desire for India & Pakistan to
So the writing on the wall is clear...YOU ACT OR PERISH!!!.....HOPE
OUR CHURCH LEADERSHIP, IF THEY LOVE THIS CHURCH WILL NOT ALLOW OUR
CHURCH TO PERISH?
Let us wish and pray that Year 2001 should be the "YEAR OF LOVE AND
UNITY FOR INDIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH".
I am convinced that our "strength" is enormous.Remember there is
something very special about we "YAKKOBAYAKKAR"(at least for two more
generations our community will be called that way only, inspite of
our new "IndianOrthodox" brand). How many of us know that in the
desert state of Rajastan, we have 14 Parishes/Congregations?These are
all not organised/built by the "church", but only by the shear
commitment and hard work of our "very ordinary members" who have gone
to these places for their livelihood!!
In UAE no Indian Church has got their own indepentant place for
worshipping (neither Marthomaites nor CSI, although all are trying
hard to get one indepentant place for worshiping, for the last 30
plus years), but we have three churches of our own(Abu Dhabi, Dubai &
Sharjah). This is only because of God's Blessings and due to the
efforts and commitment of our "ordinary members".
Remember this particular characteristic is found only in the "Kerala
Born Malayalees", to keep their identity whereever they are and our
church and Marthoma church are benefitting from this trend to a large
extent.No "British or American Christian Saayippu" will spend his
time or energy to organise a congregation/church of his own, once he
goes out of his country for any reason!!
I am sure with a "simple nod" by the "correct" leadership, "miracles"
can happen in this church everyday by utilising the "FIRE" within all
of us. But I am afraid, our church leadership fails to channelize
this energy in a positive manner. I sincerely wish, this is the
time we should have minimum about 40 to 50 "SELFLESS" Bishops, whose
average age should not be more than 45 to 50 yrs to lead this "GREAT
CHURCH" and 50% of them should be concentrating in "Mission Works"
only on a rotational basis, away from the nittie-gritties of the day
to day administration of the dioceses etc. Remember H.H. Parumala
Thirumeni was ordained as a Bishop when he was hardly 28 yrs old,H.H
Pampady Thirumeni was ordained as a Rambachan when he was 21 years
and selected to be a Methrachan at the age of 26 years (understand
Pampady Thirumeni told the then Bava Thirumeni, I do not deserve such
a Great position and finally Vattacheril Thirumeni persuaded him and
ordained him as a Thirumeni when he was 42), imagine the Great Vision
of the then Leadership.There is also a need to fix a reasonable and
realistic retirement age for our bishops, exception can be there for
Bava Thirumeni(afterall human biological systems are the same for all
human beings, after a particular age everyone needs rest.)
If we are not imaginative & innovative, our situation will be nothing
better than the present state of affairs of Kerala. The neighboring
three southern states are having exponential growth in true sense....
we are struggling hard to pay the salaries for an inefficient and
self centered bureaucracy every month....Even God is helpless in our
case it appears..??? If we all are not rising to the occasion to
open the eyes of the church leadership, probably our children will
not pardon us.
I have come out of Kerala, worked and travelled various
places/countries for the last 22 yrs after my graduation. I can
confess, I am speaking from my heart.
St. George Orthodox Church
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