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    Q&A: Is It Possible to Be a Christian and Still Be a Free Spirit?

    Is it possible to be a Christian and still be a free spirit?

    Free spirited people always seem to march to their own beat, don’t they? They don’t really worry about what other people think of them and they don’t usually follow the crowd. Free spirited people are independent and they don’t usually conform to what society says is normal.

    Dictionary.com defines a free spirit as “a person with a highly individual or unique attitude, lifestyle, or imagination; nonconformist.”

    Sometimes when we think of people as being “individuals,” we mean there’s no one in the world who’s even similar to them. That’s an overstatement. Because of the amount of people in the world, there are bound to be others who are similar to us, but no two people are exactly the same. Someone who is “highly individual” will simply be less similar to the majority of people in the way they think, talk or act.

    Jesus, for example, was a “highly individual” person. While He lived on the Earth as a man, He experienced the same emotions that all people do and He needed to eat and sleep, but He thought and acted differently from the majority of people during His life.

    The thing about being completely nonconformist or free spirited is that it’s impossible. At some point, we all have to conform to something. To function in society, we must conform to the law or we’ll suffer the consequences–going to jail. To function as Christians, we have to conform to God’s will. Even Jesus conformed to the Jewish law of His time.

    It’s possible to live as a free spirited Christian, however, once we submit to the will of God:

    • A free spirit has an individual and unique attitude – Live your life for Jesus in every way you can think of! If you see someone hurting, be unique by being the person who doesn’t just walk by. Stop and talk to them. Ask if you can pray for them.
    • A free spirit has a unique lifestyle – Go against society! Be a rebel for God! Dress modestly when most girls don’t. Maintain healthy, God-honoring relationships with your parents, friends and with boys when the norm is to be disobedient, filled with drama and sexualized.
    • A free spirit has imagination – So use it! Use your imagination to help you imagine how people in the Bible must’ve felt when they met Jesus or when they went through trials. Then use your new understanding to help others understand the Bible better!
    • A free spirit is nonconformist – The Bible calls us to be this way. Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:1-2).

    Free spirits are awesome! I believe that Jesus was the most free spirited person of His time while here on earth, and I think we become more free spirited people when we follow His example. To be a free spirited Christian, however, our desire to be a free spirit always needs to come after our devoted love for God.

    Do you consider yourself a free spirit? How do you live life as a free spirited Christian?

    When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Lord, I shall seek’ (Psalm 27:8).

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    20 COMMENTS

    1. I love this article!! I consider myself to be somewhat a free spirited christian, and it is the only thing I wish to be!Instead of worrying about not being like others, worry about being like Jesus. It is a sad fact that living for Him goes against the norm, but it is what we are here for: being a light in the darkness. Swimming the opposite direction and urging others to follow. To follow the path that leads to God!

    2. Free Spirits and Christians are not mutually exclusive!!! Part of being a “Free Spirit” means you want to be yourself, no matter what others think! What could be more Christian than that? Trying to be the best person you can is definitely individual!

    3. Thank you so much for writing this article! I really love the verse about not conforming to the world & I’m glad that there are others who have decided to be Rebels for Jesus rather than be “cool.” I have had former “Christian” friends that decided I wasn’t cool enough for them because I dress modestly and don’t watch sleazy movies with them.

    4. Yeah I’m definitely a free spirit, but when people call me a hippie at school (kind teasing lol)I honestly have to disagree with them, I’m just different. Also, my sister and I’s friend is the biggest free spirit I’ve ever met, and I think that’s actually helped strengthen her faith!

    5. I won’t post a debatable comment on here, but I wanted to make sure that as a Christian I don’t want to be held accountable come judgment day for the wrong message to be portrayed out there. I strongly suggest that everyone should do their own research on what it means to be a free spirit, talk with your pastor or strong believers who are gifted with the Holy Spirit.

      I only leave you with this: Being a free spirit and a strong Christian are two different entities. God wants you to have a relationship with him through his son Jesus Christ. The integrity lies in your belief in the law of God rather than man or what is defined by MAN. You have to remember that God is a very jealous God, by believing that you are a free spirit is breaking the very first Ten Commandments: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” When you claim you are a free spirit whose spirit are you putting first, yourself or God? It’s important to know and understand the difference of what a free spirit is.

    6. I defiantly agree with the answer that was given. That has helped me because I like to be a free spirited person and sometimes I end up taking that into not caring to much with my decisions. But that’s not what a christian should do. So I encourage those (and myself) who read this that it is very important to be that “CHRISTIAN” with a free spirit, instead of just being a “free spirited” person

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