I don’t have a clue what speaking in tongues is all about. That, even though I’ve been around it for years.
According to the link below, speaking in tongues is becoming less popular in the Assembly of God church. I wonder if it is still done in the large Catholic parish near here where my friend was the head priest several years ago.
As he told the story, there was conflict within the parish over speaking in tongues. It had become popular among some members, but was very annoying to others. Our friend, the preist, was under seige with complaints.
“I sat them all down in a room,” he told us, “and said, ‘Look, you tongue speakers come to the 10 AM Mass. Stay away from the 9 AM and 11 AM. Others, stay away from the 10 AM Mass. On more thing, anyone who shows up at the wrong Mass gets whacked.’ It’s working fine now.” He was proud of his solution.
When I was Mayor, we had regular theatrics at our city meetings of praying and scripture reading performed by devout Christians. They would get on the agenda to discuss the abortion clinic or my advocacy for gay rights. One of the men seemed to sense just the right moment of theater to shout a nonsensical phrase.
Whether its the heads-to-the ground of Muslims or hands-in-the air of evangelicals, religion has its performance requirements. Some, like speaking in tongues, may have had its day in the sun.