Over the years I have become increasingly aware of how my personality type shapes my experience of Christ and Christianity. Like many missional Christians I am an intuitive, in my case an intuitive thinker, or to be more specific an INTP.
This translates into a preference for exploring connections, patterns and future possibilities. A preference for experimentation and creativity. A preference for mystical experience.
In reading scripture I am inspired by the symbols, the stories, the cryptic sayings; by the iconoclasm and insight of Jesus; by the interconnections I find between different parts of scripture; by the narrative sweep from beginning to end. I am inspired by the hopes, the dreams, the visions. I am not so inspired by established expressions of Christianity.
In recognizing this as a personality issue more than a cultural issue I recognize that my style of Christianity is not for everyone in my culture. In calling for more contextualized expression of Christianity I realize I must leave room for the sensors, for the concrete thinkers. They are part of the emerging culture too.
What is important is not that we all get our own way, but that we all respect and honour human diversity.
It is God given.
I seek to follow Christ more intuitively, more in tune with who I am, but not at the expense of others.