Where the Spirit Leads
Pentecostals may be the least known and most unpredictable group on the landscape.
by Aaron McCarroll Gallegos
The enigma of Latino Pentecostals is found in their ability to resist labels and simple classifications. Or maybe itâ€™s just that most peopleâ€™s assumptions about them are all wrong? Either way, Latino Pentecostals have been ignored, misunderstood, and mislabeled for too long.
The Latino community has functioned almost undercover for many years, hidden for the most part from the eyes of mainstream society. In The Labyrinth of Solitude, writer Octavio Paz calls the â€œmasksâ€ that Mexicans and other Latinos wear in society â€œa wall that is no less impenetrable for being invisible.â€ The image of Latinos in mainstream U.S. society is as unfocused as our ability to agree on what we will call themâ€”Latino or Hispanic, Chicano or Boricua. The name we choose for Latinos tells us more about ourselves us than it does about them.