Fake emotionality, I cannot stand it. I am emotional by nature, and wear my heart on my sleeve. Still, in church and in marketed Christianity, a wavering voice and emotional story can be used. Sure, it’s great to hear a good testimony, but if it’s used to convince people of a lie or a compromise in the church, it’s wrong. I don’t know how many testimonies I’ve heard that attempt to manipulate my behavior. It’s not just a story, it’s a prompting through emotion to support a church, to join the current program or event, to become part of a group, to go to a retreat, and on and on.
Sometimes people praise God through their emotional event, through their pain. This is not what I am talking about. I’m talking about using some of these events to promote a bad program or whatnot. I am also talking about trumped up emotion to sell something in churches. I hear it through television evangelists, and from the mouths of pastors. Get ’em crying and you got ’em. Well, I cry easily, but I still search scriptures. You might get my emotions, but I don’t trust my emotions. I trust in the Lord, I trust in His word. Period.
I pray God keep me from letting my emotions lead me away from Him and the truth.