This post is a challenge to myself. And maybe for you as well.
Would you be more likely to give money to a homeless person with a sign asking for beer money? If you answer yes, you may be a hipster.
How often are we willing to live out our faith, especially radically live out our faith, when it allows us to feel like a hipster when we do it? Like Brett McCracken talked about in his book Hipster Christianity, the idea of hipster is a moving target (let alone Hipster Christianity). But I find myself reflecting on how often I live out my faith in ways that makes me feel cool.
Consider TOMS shoes. For every pair you buy they give a pair to a child in need. Great cause and great idea. What you are also buying is the right to be in the hipster subculture of TOMS-shoe-wearers. If you own a pair, you know exactly what I’m talking about. (For the record, I own a few).
It’s easy to be obedient when being obedient feels cool. What’s not easy is being obedient when it makes you feel like the hipsters are laughing at you. Like when you decide not to have sex before marriage. Or not to party like your friends do. Or not to spend your money on everything that your heart desires. The list goes on and on…
Here’s a challenge for us to follow God especially when it isn’t cool or glamorous. Yes, sometimes we will feel like we are in the cool crowd for something good. But more often than not, following God might just push us to the sidelines. That’s when we really find out who we are following.