I feel that on this issue of the experience of Christian life it is a bit like that for us – especially now since the excesses of the charismatic have caused a reaction that has created the excesses of extreme cessationism. I fear that we are so far away from a true biblical experience of God that, like the climbers on that mountain, we have no real clue of what those on the opposite side are facing.
This comes across even in Dan’s brilliant humor – you got to love a guy who can say something like this –
“This is a crucial point where some of the emphases of Adrian Warnock and John Piper just lose me. Whenever I say that I think emotion in the Christian life can be a fine thing, my brother Adrian gets all giddy and surprised, and seems to think I’m ready to start babbling incoherently, dancing, and turning expectantly to the blank pages at the back of my Bible.”
To use his illustration, it would be a strange marriage indeed that did not seek for happiness and romantic feelings to be present in it. The Christian husband or wife does not, however, have a right to divorce their spouse simply because the warm feelings are absent. Instead, they act as though they loved – making the CHOICE of love – and pray and hope for the feelings to return. What Christian pastor would hold up an emotionless marriage as an ideal example of a Christian marriage for others to emulate?
All I am really calling for is that we would have a higher expectation of what the “normal Christian life” can look like, even if that is not our experience, rather than being content to do our duty without any hope of a passionate experience of God.