Listen, this hipster stuff has been all the rage in the last decade. Actually, being a hipster, in some circles, has been a perennial phenomenon in which individuals who feel the need simply to be different choose to go against the grain of societal norms-isn’t that what hipsterdom is?
But now, more than ever, it’s pretty cool to be a hipster. The fashion and the lifestyle have become ideals highly sought after by the youth and, guess what, it’s working.
Here’s the deal: it’s pretty important nowadays to be cool and to be cool you have to be different. This is what the world tells us and we are eating this message up. Do the different thing, wear the different shirt, date the different guy/girl, etc…
I think, for the most part, this is not a bad message. As Christ following millenials there is something in the air of being different that liberates us and brings us into solidarity. If we read Romans 12:1-2, we find Paul exhorting believers to be different and to allow the Gospel to renew the mind and transform it:
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
At face value, this verse is pretty straightforward. If we read in between the lines in a biblical, safe manner we might find something a little bit more nuanced. The exhortation is based on the Gospel [good, sweet, I like the Gospel]. We are to be living sacrifices devoted to God in terms of our everyday choices, actions, and thoughts; this is our true worship because it is a daily sacrifice to go against our selfish ambition and give ourselves to the desires of the living Spirit of God.
Thus, this idea of daily, sacrificial worship becomes a non-conformist lifestyle that goes against the grain of societal norms and expectations.
Hipsters, we got it all wrong and it’s a shame. If our deal is that we want to be different, just to be different and individual then we are clearly missing the point [hey, that sounds something along the lines of “missing the mark”]. Millenials we are so obsessed with being different and cool that we are missing the point of why we are called to be different and set apart in the first place. We are called to be living representatives of a Gospel so simple, true, and impactful that we can’t help, but be different from the rest of the secular societies that we live in because the Gospel touches and impacts every portion of our lives.
Millenial Christians we are to be different because of Christ’s great sacrifice that calls each one who would call themselves a Christian to live holy and set apart. This call for Christians is not limited to our clothing, lingo, or friend group; friends it’s everything.