Thursday, August 9, 2012
"Whatever you do to the least of these, you do to Me." - Be careful when looking for churches.
OMPC is not safe for people or families with individuals who have special needs and never will be. They have chosen to exclude them rather than to actually mainstream them. I know. Because ever since they paid for me to get tested and the diagnosis for autism came back, they have worked harder to exclude me citing the autism as an excuse than they have to include me. Acceptance? Not there. Love? Not there. Grace? Not there. Jesus? Not there. For in their excluding a person with special needs, they have excluded Jesus. And now they have caused me to lose my autism therapy with the only person in the Birmingham area that I have found so far that was actually willing to work with me. As a result, they have cost me my chances of success with Voc Rehab and of ever being able to get a job. And pushed me further from God. And as to my mother who may not even be a Christian? Forget it. Any chance there might have been is now gone because she has endured months of agony and anguish with me as a result of what they have done. They blocked any chance of restoration with the person who actually initiated any and all of the conflict(s) that involved me - the New Testament says we are to seek full restoration. As to church discipline? They won't do it because they don't think I can handle it. My spirit is too fragile is what I was told at one point. Then I was told they can't do it because I wouldn't be able to understand it and that because I have autism, they cannot expect me to be able to do what the non-autistic person/adult can do. Okay. Well, then, explain why they have continually added MORE restrictions when they already KNOW that I can't even handle the ones already in place? But because of what just happened and the fact that they have caused the loss of the therapy, I have had to take action that I did not ever want to have to take. Because that went too far. They asked for it. It is not that I am unable to do it, but because of them, I will never be able to do it. I'm pretty sure that it would be a safe bet that they intentionally did this in order to have yet another excuse to continue to exclude me. So if you are reading this and you have someone close to you who has special needs and you are looking for a good church that will accept you and your loved one, do not go to OMPC. Or you might end up eventually going through what I am now. And that would not be good. Safety? Never going to be there if you have special needs. Peace? They took the same vows. They caused this to happen. And some of them are the leaders themselves. UGH!!