I recently found myself agreeing with a Christian Radio host when he said that some believers in Christ tend towards the emotional and some towards the cerebral.
How true – and usually we look next, for some label to differentiate the two.
* The obvious one that comes to mind are the labels Pentecostal or charismatic and evangelical/theological or liberal.
Much as I like the one label for all (Christian), – in reality we are all influenced by these labels*, in forming a ‘picture’ of what different Christian folks are like and what they believe or major on.
This labelling of course is in flux – as everyone searches for a name to crystallise what they believe in, or stand for. So new ones emerge through time.
Spiritual experiences – as in experiencing the Holy Spirit – is not synonymous with emotionalism.
Deep theological thought is not synonymous with no experience of The Holy Spirit.
Someone has put it this way – (speaking metaphorically) too much emphasis on the power of God and we blow up. Too much emphasis on The Word of God and we dry up – but the Spirit and the Word and we grow up.
Paul the apostle had great intellectual ability, but he was first to admit how limited and insufficient this was when it came to spiritual matters.
4 though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so:
I Corinthians 2/11
…Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Spiritual discernment is not emotionalism. Nevertheless when God moves in power you can be sure your emotions will give great response.
As we refrain from leaning on our own understanding and ask God for His enabling Holy Spirit – let’s not limit what He can do, by knowledge uninspired by God Himself.
Don’t allow or use theological knowledge to limit or direct God to fit into our understanding about what He must and must not do.
Conversely when God meets with us in a powerful way – don’t drift into trying to reproduce such a wonderful experience by soulish imitation.
The narrow way leads to life.
Lord help us.