In my understanding, hipsters are people who go against mainstream culture in search of individuality. Dictionary.com gives this definition of individuality: “a person or thing of individual or distinctive character.”
Doesn’t this sound like what Christians are supposed to be?
We shouldn’t be watching movies with explicit language and sex, idolizing Beyoncé’s provocative Super Bowl performance or gossiping about other people on campus… yet most Christians do.
To me, this sounds like all Christians should be considered “hipsters” even if they don’t dress the part. We should reject what our culture tells us is good (i.e. 16 and Pregnant, Jersey Shore, Secret Life of the American Teenager) and reach for what God has intended for us. We are supposed to be humble, faithful, God-fearing, loving and the list goes on and on.
I was really bothered when people were calling “hipster Christians” bad Christians. Like I said above, I feel that hipster Christians are the ideal Christians. However, I also think that it is highly disrespectful to call another brother or sister in Christ a bad Christian.
According to the NIV translation, Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” Matthew 7: 1-4.
Who am I to judge another person because they sin differently than I do? God is the ultimate Judge, a common truth that Christians are supposed to accept.
In the GEN 100 College Experience book for Fall 2012 there was an article by Phillip Yancey. A quote in this article still comes to my mind daily: “Jesus treated those who had fallen into sexual sins with compassion and forgiveness, and reserved his harshest words for the hidden sins of hypocrisy, pride, greed, and legalism.” (Italics added for emphasis.)
Please stop being so judgmental when you have a plank to remove from your own eye. Stop being prideful with the “holier than thou” mentality. We’re all bad Christians because we all sin. We don’t all sin the same way either. It all depends on where a person is in his or her relationship with God.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2: 15-17.
We have been called to live in a way that sets us apart from this world. Instead of criticizing hipsters, why don’t we take one of their core principles, a distinct personality, and apply it to our lives like we are supposed to do.
Personally, I want to live my life in such a way that people see Christ in me, without me having to say a word about my faith. I desire for my life to be so distinct from the life that society tells us is good. I want to be set apart from the world for my God. If that means that I’m a Christian hipster, then sign me up.
I am ready, and I hope all of you are ready, to reject this world for the purpose of living for our God.
Katie Krocker is a sophomore early childhood and development major.