I Am Not a Charismatic Christian by James R. Coggins

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.)

About jrcoggins

James R. Coggins is a professional writer and editor based in British Columbia, Canada. He wrote his first novel in high school, but, fortunately for his later reputation as a writer, it was never published. He briefly served as a Christian magazine editor (for just over 20 years). He has written everything from scholarly and encyclopedia articles to jokes in Reader’s Digest (the jokes paid better). His six and a half published books include four John Smyth murder mysteries and one other, stand-alone novel. In his spare time, he operates Mill Lake Books, a small publishing imprint. His website is www.coggins.ca
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1 Response to I Am Not a Charismatic Christian by James R. Coggins

  1. Nancy J. Farrier says:

    James, you made me laugh. I can play music and sing, but singing and clapping are beyond me. I’ve gotten some sour looks when I didn’t participate in singing and clapping, but that’s okay. Be who you are in Christ. Loved this.

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