When the Holy Spirit gets on you, anything can happen. I have witnessed some serious situations while attending church (Yes, I go to Church). If someone has visited a southern black church, they understand how compelling it is when a person catches Holy Ghost.
Even young people catch the “Holy Ghost”
Last month while chatting with a friend, she was telling me about an incident that her mother’s friend Shelly, had while on the Job. Shelly was having a rough week, and while working she caught the Holly Ghost. The incident scared some of her of fellow employees that have never witnessed someone catching the spirit (Yes they were of Caucasian ethnicity), so her job fired her for “Horse Play”. I just thought this was ridiculous. But when I read the article about a woman suing the church because of injuries during a Holy Spirit moment, I couldn’t believe it.
There have been several reports in the past about people getting injured by someone getting the “Holy Ghost” or injuring themselves, during an episode. Cheryl Jones wasn’t too impressed when she visited a church in East St. Louis to worship the Lord, but instead she came out with injuries. She filed a complaint in December which reads:
Cheryl Jones filed a complaint in December that while visiting the Disciple Fellowship Christian Church in East St. Louis, another member received the Holy Spirit and fell backwards, causing her injury, according to ABC News.
In the complaint, Jones mentioned that there were no ushers or other members to assist the lady who became overcome by the spirit. She blames the church for failing to protect her.
Jones said that when a woman received the spirit, she fell backwards, knocking many people back who eventually landed on her. She hit her head, neck, back and buttocks and was rendered unconscious, according to Courthousenews.com.
She said that she continues to suffer from physical pain, as well as mental and emotional distress. Jones is suing the church for carelessness and negligence and asking for $50,000 to pay for medical and health care for her injuries.
Jones said in her complaint that the church usually has two ushers to assist people who lose control when they catch the spirit, but no one was there to assist her.
“They should have either warned Cheryl or people like her of the potential dangers- especially if they’re not going to have deacons or parishioners to help these people when they fall,” said Brian Millikan, Jones’ attorney.
The way African-Americans Worship today, dates back from the pain and oppression of being Slaves. The Church is all they had.