What’s the mood of the testimony session in your church? Melodramatic or calm? Of course, it is melodramatic most of the time yeah…
Are you like me who have never given testimony in church before? If yes, I’m sure your reason is as good as mine or a bit at least.
Giving testimonies in the church comes with a subliminal rule, a rule that requires the testifier to be melodramatic; at least to an extent. I’m sure this is why most of us will prefer to keep testimonies to ourselves or share with a few friends because it is not in our nature to be overtly extra.
Giving testimonies in the church is what I like to describe as ‘performing arts’, you just have to get into character.
NOTE: If you must testify, you must have performing skills. Nobody made the rule, it came about subconsciously! To testify, you must be a performer, who is required to move the crowd with melodramatic techniques if not the congregation would just be gawking at you.
Last Sunday a brother in church before service proper told me about something good that happened with him. He was calm while testifying to me. I believed all he said and prayed to have such a blessing. You know the whole ‘tap into this blessing shenanigans’, that’s what I did.
Now guess what happened during the testimony session..this same brother took the stage and I couldn’t recognize his story anymore. He went all melodramatic on narrating, so many hyperboles and onomatopoeias in context… If I were blind, I would have sworn it was someone else on stage.
I didn’t rack my head so much on why he had to behave that way. Of course, it was the performing arts at work, he needed to get into character. A culture he has witnessed over time from previous testifiers.
Most times I wonder why people cannot be modest in giving their testimonies, is modesty uninteresting? Modesty meets me well, it helps me not beg the question of lies, unlike melodrama where I keep asking myself, “Why is he lying?”, “Could this have happened?”
There have been tons of testimonies I always wish I could share with the church but this subliminal culture won’t let me. I don’t know how to be extra. Let me ask you sincerely: If I came all calm dishing my testimony, and you are among the crowd, how would you respond?