I don’t think that any Christian should seek to have an emotional experience. If emotions hit, fine. But to go to an event seeking “fire” or excitement–well…? I guess there’s nothing wrong with it. After all, we go to secular events, concerts, sporting competitions, etc. because they are exciting and emotional.
I guess I have a little bit of a hard time attributing the emotional high to the Holy Spirit.
I can get just as emotionally high at a synchronized skating competition. The right combinations of music, lights, graphics, and touching words will do it for me. It doesn’t have to have anything to do with the Holy Spirit.
I think that the real test of the “fire” is whether it’s still there the next time you are asked to give to help the poor or spend some time with a sick person, or answer a co-worker’s nasty comment with kindness, etc.
As a parent, I always enjoyed the fun cards and surprise gifts that the kids gave me for my birthday,etc. But what I loved even more was when they obeyed me everyday in all the little things and showed me love and respect everyday with kind words and loving gestures.
Same thing in marriage. I enjoy the occasional second honeymoon trips and the glorious celebrations that occur a few times a year at holidays and other joyous occasions. But it’s the “everyday stuff” that makes a marriage good. For example, my sweet husband just called me to apologize for not bringing the laundry (with my clean underwear) up from the basement before leaving for work. I can’t do stairs yet, so I guess I’ll have to do without today, at least until he comes home from work! Everyday stuff, no big emotional high, but just a continuous sweet thread of communication and love.
I do believe in “altar” events–a once-for-all, do-or-die, this time I’m gonna mean it–commitment to Jesus that gets your life jump-started and on the right track again. (Kind of like a wedding.) But I agree with the Catholic Church that conversion is an ongoing, continuous process, not just a one-time event.