Oh shit, the ‘cursing’ issue again, and related conundrums

by Chris Lorensson on 27 June 2011 with comments

I’ve noticed a funny thing in the past 10 years, amidst the onslaught of the ‘emerging church’ and the (relatively American) need to be different, even among Christians. Some of these youngsters, Christian hipsters (such as myself) have almost entirely done away with the Christian ‘mask’ leftover from the 90’s and indeed, much earlier. In fact, this Christian sense of propriety can be traced back to the Pharisees (read the Gospel of Matthew. Yes, all of it).

It’s probably safe to assume that once Christianity was popularised, and even before, that the common, social understanding of some religions was simply as a list of things you do not do. Even today a lot of people who don’t identify with a faith would describe popular faiths in the same way, as a list of things you don’t do. This is obviously a twist of the truth, since faith is mostly an addition to life, rather than a subtraction from it, but this common understanding must come from somewhere. I would suggest it comes from the ‘mask’ of goodness—the tendency for people of faith to succumb to social (rather than doctrinal) pressure and expectations by suppressing their otherwise human tendencies. Read the rest of this entry »

A Core Value of Lifestyle Minimalism

by Chris Lorensson on 19 June 2011 with comments

Today I was journalling and fleshing out some of the deeper issues of the complexity of my own life and lifestyle. (I love how God fleshes these things out in His own time—it’s truly revelatory.) I want to talk a little bit about what I believe is one of the core values of living a simple life, in my ongoing pursuit of what I believe to be a biblical principle: what I’m calling lifestyle minimalism.

Matthew 16:25 is the verse I’m talking about—one that is very dear to our hearts:

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Matthew 16:25, King James Version (1769 Oxford ‘Authorized Version’)

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