There is a lot of talk about minimalism.
When it comes to Christians there are many ways that minimalism can sync with Christianity.
Minimalism is not just a fad. It is gaining traction. Minimalism is attractive because people are tired of the rat race and keeping up with the Jones’.
Minimalism is also becoming popular with young people. Gen Z and Millennials discovered that having more possessions is not a prerequisite for happiness. Experts have determined that having more makes life more difficult. Even Christians struggle with the dilemma of possessions and Godliness.
Are Christians supposed to prosper? Some say yes. Others say no. The Bible shows both sides of the poor/prosperity question.
The Bible considers the soul more important than all the wealth we can gather.
And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? (Matthew 16:26, NLT)
The real question is, do you have money, or does money have you? If cash has you, you are in question with God. It is OK to have lots of money and be a Christian. Loving money is the root of all that is evil. So we are not to love money, but it is OK to be blessed and loaded with cash. And even more so if you are sharing it with others.
The desire for less is OK too. There is room for minimalism in the Christian world. I am convinced that certain areas of minimalism are healthy for Christians.
My wife and I practice minimalism in many areas of our life. We call it self-control. Self-control is biblical minimalism.
I have a few minimalist ideas to share. These have a little different spin.
We need less information and more transformation
We need less information and more transformation. Our email, notifications, Google messages, and text messages and are overloaded every day. Social media works hard to solicit our attention. We are truly experiencing information overload without experiencing a personal transformation.
If we choose less social media we have more time for what’s of greater importance. Everyone knows someone who is consumed with social media and suffering from social media overload.
We consume so much online content that we fail to act on what we read and hear. We are five miles long and one inch deep. We know a little about a lot.
We are consumers of information and strangers to transformation.
The Christian minimalist limits the intake. We must be selective on what enters our mind-gate and our eye-gate.
Less is more.
We need less religiosity and more spontaneity
Church leaders are experts in their fields. The church in 2021 has service design down to a science. We know how to do church, blend atmospheres and create environments.
We know what song to sing at the right moment. Worship Leaders repeat the spontaneous lyrics off YouTube and act as if they are their own. Too many videos from worship leaders and too many sermons from YouTube have made us echoes of others. The Christian minimalist has learned we need less religion, fewer videos, and more moments of authentic, spontaneous worship.
The struggle is we have failed to learn to steward God’s presence. We have also lost our authenticity. There are tons of people that seek the kind of moments where we throw out the service schedule and follow the Holy Spirit and His leadership.
Few churches know how to do church this way.
The minimalist Christian desires less religious activity and more Holy Spirit spontaneity.
We need less talk and more walk
We hear Christians talk about serving others, feeding the poor, and winning souls — it’s another thing actually to do it. The world has heard enough preaching and seen enough hypocrisy.
Believers have more to do than memorize scriptures and go to church. Love is a verb and not just a word to be used as a smokescreen for doing nothing.
Little children (believers, dear ones), let us not love [merely in theory] with word or with tongue [giving lip service to compassion], but in action and truth [in practice and insincerity, because practical acts of love are more than words]. (I John 3:18, Amplified Version)
The Christian minimalist wants less Christian rhetoric and more action.
“But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” James 1:23–25
We have heard it for years, and now it’s here— less is more.
What could you do less of that would lead to more?
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