The Holy Spirit Makes Me Uncomfortable
We’ve discussed a lot of aspects of church and Christianity that make us feel uncomfortable. I think this week’s topic wins as the most uncomfortable, which is ironic when you think about it. The Holy Spirit — the “Comforter” — makes me uncomfortable.
Holy Ghost Revival
I grew up in a Pentecostal church, so I was used to services being interrupted with someone standing up and speaking in a language I did not know followed by someone else standing and providing an interpretation of that message — which was from God. I was also used to services on Sunday nights ending at the alter where people would pray or sing in a “heavenly language” and some would even fall to the ground because the Spirit was so strong. I grew up witnessing this, so on one hand it was not unusual for these things to occur but it still made me uncomfortable.
It was uncomfortable when visiting evangelists would have an alter call and ask those who have never spoke in tongues to come forward. It was uncomfortable to have this stranger press his hand on my head and urge me to release and let my mouth speak God’a heavenly language. It was even more uncomfortable when nothing happened and I returned to my seat feeling like I somehow failed.
Bringing friends to church with me was a whole new uncomfortable experience. Trying to explain what was going on and seeing the look of skepticism or fear wash over their face. Answering questions for days after like “So can you do it to? Can you do it right now for me to hear? Are you like possessed when it happens?”
Spirit Of Truth
If I’m completely honest, the most uncomfortable part of the Holy Spirit is not the outward witness we see in church, but rather the inward conviction we desperately try to ignore. Think of it this way: the Holy Spirit is our comforter. Comforters are supposed to be warm and snuggly. But when you suddenly feel a cold breeze against your feet, you feel the comforter has failed you. In reality, it is just exposing something that needs to be corrected (in this case - put some socks on).
No one likes to be confronted with the truth. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will reveal something to you that you need to change. Other times, you may be confronted with reality of sin impacting those you love and feel a nudge to speak to them about it. Both are uncomfortable.
Invite Everyone To The Table
The holiday season is fast approaching. Maybe you’re spending it with family or friends. Maybe you have a friend or a family member that you love but you hesitate to invite them to dinner because they might make you or someone else in attendance uncomfortable. Maybe you should invite them anyway. The Holy Spirit is apart of the trinity; if you love God you must love His Spirit just like you must love Jesus. Sure, it might be easier to introduce Jesus to your friends, but to get a full picture of who God is, we need all three.