I heard many months ago (from people that I really admire and respect) that the ideal Christian is these three– reformed, charismatic, evangelical.
Stereotypically, and I mean no disrespect, but reformed Christians are unemotional and not fun. A stereotypical charismatic does not know the Bible well and is too focused on the Holy Spirit and spiritual warfare. Evangelicals stereotypically do not know a ton about the Old Testament and are too focused on the Gospel and salvation.
Maybe this is just me, but I think I’ve been striving to be well balanced. I want to be balanced. Balance is good. And the Christian friends I have that if I see that they are super reformed or super charismatic, I like to reach out and love them by helping bring balance into their life. I care, and I hope others can do the same for me.
I’ve been told that I am more charismatic than any of the others, and not going to lie, that frustrated me. I want to be seen as balanced and someone that’s reliable and someone to go to for advice. I want to be seen as someone who is trustworthy. That my opinions matter and stuff. That I’m biblically sound.
But I am Hispanic, and I think there are millions and millions of Hispanics that are just drawn to charismatic circles. Upon becoming Christian, I was immediately drawn to livelier worship. BUT, I have rejected the prosperity gospel and I believe in healing, but I don’t expect healing to occur 100% of the time. And I have heard stories about tongues, I’ve heard some crazy stuff, and I’m not too sure what I think about tongues. Last year, I was 100% confident that every single Christian who prays in tongues, that it’s either the Holy Spirit, or that they’re speaking gibberish and it’s all emotions. But then I heard something that caught my attention and has made me step back and be a little more wary of tongues.
Lord Jesus, if I had known about the absolute ecstasy and agony that is the Christian life, I would have signed up years ago.