It seems almost silly to say this, but Christianity actually involves spirituality. It is a spiritual discipline. Some people like to call it a relationship, some call it a religion, but what often seems missing is an awareness of the spiritual aspect. Spiritual means “of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit.”
Flat out, Christianity is weird. It is all about the weird. The spiritual is weird. Weird in fact means, “suggesting something supernatural.”
Some people are uncomfortable with the supernatural. Some people don’t even like the word “spooky” used in context with Christianity, and the word “magical” can conjure up all kinds of distress. People tend to be very leery of the occult (and for good reason) but sometimes that fear of anything other worldly takes on a mind of it’s own. Sometimes we wind up with this very flat, rigid, legalistic kind of faith and anything outside of that is to be rejected as too charismatic.
Well than, so much for prophecy, healing, miracles, spiritual growth, a Divine relationship with your Creator. So much for the entire scripture actually, because scripture is just loaded with that stuff. Ephesians 6:12 keeps coming to mind, For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
I have no idea how one goes about the business of spiritual warfare, without some kind of awareness of the spiritual. This is not criticism, some people really are called to keep their feet firmly planted on the ground and their head out of the clouds. Different people have different callings. That’s not the purpose of this post, I just live in a part of the world where that spiritual hunger is so thick, so tangible, you can almost feel the ache. Every street corner is full of crystals, tarot cards, psychic readings, meditation, herbal cleansing rituals, prayer flags, wiccans, pagans, and the newly formed medical marijauna collectives.
The only place you have a hard time finding people pursuing the spiritual seems to be in some of our churches.