Q&A: Is It Possible to Be a Christian and Still Be a Free Spirit?
Written by Jenn Arman | August 6, 2012
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).