I sat down today listening to some people genuinely “burnt” by “charismania” and raising important questions. It’s very tempting to be drawn backward and become anti-emotional or closed to the best that the Charismaric renewal has given us. It’s also very tempting to become bitter because of the hurts and even “over critical” that get’s us entangled in a way that we can’t free ourselves to move forward.
I felt today … I was tempted in both ways as I listened to some who are going through some “struggles” I had before. I had to keep myself “very consciously” in check and learn how to “listen” to their stories and concerns as well as “discern” possible scenarios we could envision or baby steps we could take first to help the ones who are “struggling” to be at ease and begin moving forward. And secondly, see how we can relate to those whom are “sold out” on specific forms of “Charismatic” expressions and subcultures that perhaps have now become harmful rather than helpful. We walk this path cautiously and carefully.