I have been asked if I am a charismatic Christian. The answer is no, it is too hard.
Oh, I have no problem believing in the miraculous. I believe the Bible, and I know God can and does heal people and perform miracles and give His people direction.
It’s the other stuff that is too hard.
I grew up a Baptist. It was easy. All I had to do was not drink or smoke.
Then for a while I belonged to a Mennonite denomination. That was harder. Not only did I have to do what I was doing before, but they also expected me to be able to sing. In four-part harmony. No one ever expected that of a Baptist. Especially an English Baptist. (The sad truth is that England has never had a famous composer. Until Paul McCartney.)
That is why I am not a charismatic Christian. I know what is expected, and it is too hard. Not only would I be expected to be able to sing. In tune. I would also be expected to clap. On the right beat. At the same time. And maybe even dance. In rhythm with the music.
I am not coordinated. I can’t dance. Just ask my wife. It is too hard.
Oh, I know God can do miracles. But that would be a biggy. I don’t think He will.
I am not a charismatic Christian. It’s just too hard.
(Please don’t write me angry letters. I’m just having a bit of fun. I appreciate the strengths of all of these branches of the Christian family.)