flicked a switch. Suddenly we were luxuriously surrounded by deliciously hot water flowing forth from powerful jets. We were so embarrassed.
That experience has served me as a metaphor of my spiritual journey and well as my political.
For forty years of my life I sat in lukewarm Christianity. Baptized at 12 I was very active in my local church youth group. In college, like many, my faith was upended. However, after college I went back to the church. Again, I became very active and even preached the youth sermon in the famous Washington, D.C., First Baptist Church (church of presidents).
One day, one of my sons dared me to go with him to a Pentecostal church on the main street of Boone. Always curious,I did. Next visit, an unexpected power surged through me like mighty Jacuzzi jets and I found myself semiconscious on the floor of that little storefront church.
When I finally got on my feet, that power was increasing and I began pointing at people, watching them crash to the floor. As a psychologist I had to make sure it was not mass suggestion, so when a person was trying to arise on all fours I pointed my hand so they could not know it. They crashed down, pinned to the floor as power flowed from me.
In the midst of the energy surging up in me, I began to discern sounds interiorly which I later identified as the sounds of the Holy Spirit. Soon interiorly, I began to recognize God’s voice. Over the past 25 years, that voice has led me into in a very successful journey, keeping me from some near-disastrous choices--even saving my life on several occasions
It is now easy to understand the disciples. They began as doofusies, unable to understand Jesus’ teaching, even cutting and running. At Pentecost they became astounding, not only understanding, but able to move in the same power Jesus demonstrated. They never cut and ran again.
It all started when that switch was thrown at Pentecost.
What has this got to do with my Conservatism? Check around, you will discover that most all of us who have the Pentecostal experience became politically Conservative. Does it not make sense that when all that power is released in you and you actually have God Himself leading you from within, that you will adopt a political position that encourages personal empowerment?