I’m A Christian, Is That Okay?

So I thought to myself would the people on this website reject me when they see in my profile that I’m a Christian? Would they question my “spirituality” because they assume I have hardened, right-winged politics?

 

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I’m kind of a hippie/hipster. I love yoga, indie music, loving people, and anything that has to do with freedom. And so I frequent websites and web mags that cater to this audience. I tumbled across a dating/community website for the “hippie” community and it intrigued me. The about me page stated:

Imagine a place where you can feel confident knowing you’re amongst your tribe and the odds of finding love are much higher because you’re surrounded by people who share the same values and lifestyle as you—a place full of positivity, inspiration, authenticity and people who naturally “get” you.

Sounds great right? Positivity, inspiration, and
authenticity. Yes, yes, yes, all of that is right up my alley.  There was also an ad box that said:

“Spiritual not religious”

Okay still good so far, I wouldn’t call myself religious. Religion is more so following rules just because that’s what you’re told to do. Rather I am in a relationship with God and He’s called me to live a certain way and I do it out of love and reverence for Him.

But here’s the thing Christians today are perceived as conservative, harsh, offensive and tell people they’re “going to hell.” So I thought to myself would the people on this website reject me when they see in my profile that I’m a Christian? Would they question my “spirituality” because they assume I have hardened, right-winged politics?

I had nearly made up in my mind that attempting to join this community would be mistake when a wise friend gave me a new perspective. They might make assumptions about me but I could be a light to them and show them God’s love in a new way. Thank God for wise counsel!

I haven’t joined just yet but I’m taking it under serious consideration now that my  anxieties have gone away. I wonder though, how many of my brothers and sisters in Christ have ever have these same fears? Have you ever felt afraid to reveal your faith because of potential backlash?
How do you feel about the image of Christians in media? Let’s talk.

 

*photo by Shelly Hoffman

I Didn’t Know I Was A Hipster

Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.

-Urban Dictionary

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Up until a couple of days ago I thought hipsters were starving artist with black plastic framed glasses, who lived on coffee in trendy neighborhoods. Technically a hipster can be all those things, but I certainly didn’t think that I was a part of this group. Until, I was telling a friend that I felt like a hipster in my new glasses when I drank coffee. To which she replied “Darling, you are a hipster.”

Am I?

According to the Urban Dictionary definition I suppose I am. I’m in my 20’s, I do value independent thinking, counter-culture, I love art, indie rock, creativity, and I certainly fancy a bit of witty banter. But I’ve always loved the obscure things even before the term “hipster” was created. It just seems that in my journey I’ve found that “mainstream” culture and music lacked the sincerity I was looking for.

I am slightly different though to even the usual hipster, my counter-culture is Jesus culture.

“Mainstream” culture says that the important things in life is to have the best. The newest this, the upgraded this, the luxuries of life. And not to say that having nice things is bad, but what is bad is that we put those things as first in our hearts and minds. Jesus culture teaches the opposite of this.

We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us. And this, too, is a very serious problem. People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing—like working for the wind. 

Ecclesiastes 5:15-16 NLT

“Mainstream” culture also teaches us to put ourselves before others. No one cares about anyone because it’s all about us, what we want, what we need. It’s so accepted in our culture that it has become entertainment. We all gather around the TV or social media to watch people “throw shade” at one another. Where is the understanding? Where is the patience? I am not perfect in this respect, I get frustrated and impatient sometimes, but when I see outright disrespect and hateful behavior it grieves me.

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:32 NASB

I clearly went off on a tangent there but I think I got my point across. In the Jesus culture, independent of mainstream thinking, I found the sincerity I wanted. I found that my life could be more than just about me. Hipsters want to do things differently and so do I, God’s way of doing things.

So is there such a thing as “Christian hipster”? There probably is, as the good book says “There is nothing new under the sun.”