It is a very interesting new class of people called “Hipsters” that is now being swallowed by Christians (20′s or 30′s group). It allows them… to be them without being connect to others who are “not” hip like them. Author of “Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide,” Brett McCracken says Christian hipsters are rebelling against the over-spiritualized Christian culture they were raised in, described as: …the stereotypical evangelical church of the 80s – 90s: The Republican, middle class, abortion-clinic-picketing, anti-gay, anti-welfare, legalistic, not-so-interested-in-art-or-books WASP evangelical. To Read more: http://zionica.com/2012/11/15/christian-hipsters-say-capitalism-is-so-over/#ixzz2CJcObxhK
My problem isn’t that they voted for whomever, it is their glaring oxymoronic behavior (i.e. a wise fool if you’re wondering what is oxymoronic). It isn’t whether they like scotch single malt (I do on rare occasions) or enjoy a cigar (I don’t) or even get tatted with latest ink with scriptures or cool crosses (I am scared of needles and what it will look like when I get old!). However “Hipster” you are, if your core is hallow with only “good works” or “cool looks” or “anti-them”, you are eating of the very apple you so dislike of previous generations. If the life of the unborn, born or old isn’t valued and protected or if you are silent when a government (of any strip) seeks to compromise its people of faith or approve of one faith over another then your label doesn’t matter.
Lincoln said this way… “That is the real issue. That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, ‘You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.’ No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.”
Lincoln is still right. Today we have various groups seeking to do just that from radical Muslims in Egypt/Saudi Arabia and beyond to the left that are in many nations or the faithless libertarian who would lead us down the road to anarchy of me, myself and I. They all seek to enslave others whereas the Father seeks to free all others.
Again, IF these hipsters really read C.S. Lewis or Bonhoeffer, I mean really read them and understood the times in which they lived (history), they would value life and not want the intrusion of government to take the place of Father/His Bride the Church or the radicals of any side around the world that seeks to enslave mankind again. Again, they seem to be hung up on the “anti” stance they see (or so they say) but aren’t they being anti themselves? From Dietrich Bonhoeffer we hear: “Unless we have the courage to fight for a revival of wholesome reserve between man and man, we shall perish in an anarchy of human values… . Socially it means the renunciation of all place-hunting, a break with the cult of the “star,” an open eye both upwards and downwards, especially in the choice of one’s more intimate friends, and pleasure in private life as well as courage to enter public life. Culturally it means a return from the newspaper and the radio (smartphones, tables, nooks…) to the book, from feverish activity to unhurried leisure, from dispersion to concentration, from sensationalism to reflection, from virtuosity to art, from snobbery to modesty, from extravagance to moderation.” The Hipster “Christian” is falling to the same trap as their parents did with the mega evangelical model of: seeking to belong to a cause, have the latest things and personality cult rather than to Jesus.
Unless all Christians move back out of the “cause” mode of living and into the Ancient Faith again we will lose our voice in the time of evil and our silence in the face of its murderous ways will overwhelm the many and the few left standing will be weeping at the loss of so many.
“We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds; we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretense experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical. Are we still of any use? What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, and straightforward men. Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remorseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
The main thing for us it to NOT be ashamed of the gospel and stand, speak and act/think christianly, that is what reality is in Father, it isn’t a label of Hipster, Evangelical or any branding. Strip away the labels of man-made movements please, you can still enjoy those things that won’t destroy your faith core. EQUALLY… those that lived and live the ancient faith only saw (now see) themselves as people who were called out to go into cultures and be life givers. Just so you know, you need Father’s presence in your life to know that the art of living is needed to enjoy great art, great books, a beautiful bride, sleeping babies, music that moves you to dance, the wonder of nature, space, and even the simple thing of silence. Maybe old isn’t bad after all especially when “Ancient” is connected to Faith. I am for living in the ancient faith ways for our day! How about you – tats and all?