Jesus was not a hippie.

I can’t believe I actually have to type that.  I also have to apparently type; Jesus was not a Democrat, Jesus was not a Liberal, Jesus was not a Republican, Jesus was not a Conservative, and on and on and on.  Jesus was God made flesh, the Messiah, the Lion and the Lamb, the only perfect human who was also 100% God.

I’ve heard that phrase, “Jesus was a hippie” from several sources, and it always makes me wonder if the person saying that knows what a hippie was.  It is easy to romanticize political or societal fads and movements, but to associate Jesus with a romanticized version of a historical movement is dangerous in the extreme.  Some people do it to try to sound funny, some do it rhetorically to try to make a point as to how they would like Jesus to be.

Hippies.  What did they stand for?  One of the obvious things was “free love.”  What does that mean?  The idea of free love included an attack against monogamous marriage.  There is also a more generalized idea that a sexual relationship contains no obligation.  Sleep with who you want, whenever and wherever you want.  Does that sound like Jesus to you?

Another aspect of the hippie culture was their advocacy and use of drugs.  One of the focuses was on mind altering substances, such as LSD.  God desires us to have temperance and a sound mind.  We are never to imbibe a substance that completely alters our brain chemistry.  Even something like marijuana, despite its growing positive reputation, can trigger a psychotic episode that can in turn trigger lifelong schizophrenia.  The effects of these drugs on fallen human bodies and natures is negative in the extreme; for the individual, their families, and society.  Do you think Jesus advocates that?

How about peace?  The peace the hippies chanted about is not the peace Jesus preached to us and offers us.  We could have all the peace on this earth we desire and still lack peace in eternity.  Make love, not war.  Sure, that works in this fallen world.  The hippies could flourish here in the US where other people were putting their lives on the line to insure freedom of expression and freedom of speech.  The peace Jesus offers is grace unearned so that we can have a relationship with the creator of all.

How about nature and flowers and rainbows? Jesus is the Word of God, it was by Him and through Him that all was made.  Hippies made the age old mistake of worshiping the creation instead of the creator.  Rainbows should remind us of fallen man, and God’s promises.  Nature and flowers? Part of creation, so are we.  We were fashioned from the ground by God Himself.

As I mentioned before, most who try to paint Jesus this way want Him to fit an agenda that they personally believe in.  It doesn’t work that way.  To portray Jesus in any way other than Biblically is presenting a false Christ.


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26 responses to “Jesus was not a hippie.

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  2. Naan

    There are a great number of parallels between the teachings and lifestyle of Biblical Jesus and the philosophy of the hippie counterculture movement. Your reduction of hippies to utter stereotypes is quite revealing of your ignorance of said philosophy. Please educate yourself on what hippies actually believe and what Jesus actually said.

    • Kliska

      If you want to consider me ignorant on “hippie culture” go right on ahead. But, then I can just turn around and point out that you are actually comparing the stereotypical Jesus that liberals love to see in history that just isn’t there in scripture. In short, I trust the reader to know enough to make an accurate comparison… or just read up on “hippie culture” (as I’ve done from multiple sources) and then read the book of Revelation and tell me if the two are compatible. Here’s the short version; they are not.

      • Re-Read IT

        Lay not up for yourselves treasure on this earth, own only the clothes on your back, give no thought for tomorrow, love thy neighbor as yourself, do onto others as you would have them do to you. These are just a few statments or philosophys of Jesus that I am pretty sure many hippies follow more closely than you do.
        Doing drugs and free love is just a path that a some hippies go down, but that is not what makes them a hippie. Just as there are groups of christians that go down a path were they become a cult. The hippie lifestyle is really just a simple lifestyle that rejects the phylosopy of consumerism that you probably find yourself sucked into, even though it goes against what Jesus taught.
        Basically, the hippie lifestyle is a socio-econimic value system that embraces the phylosophy that the more possessions you have the less freedom you have, and conversely. That is why Jesus said to not be materialistic, because the lack of possessiions gives a person an extreme level of feedom, so they can do the work of God.
        To say that Jesus was a Hippie does not mean that he would approve of everything every hippie has ever done. It just means that Jesus’s views on socio-econimics was very similar to the socio-economic view espoused by the Hippie philosophy. Someone could easly be a hippie and a christian, ie, Hippies for Jesus. (Google them)

      • Kliska

        I can’t help but wonder how much of the scripture you’ve actually studied; not just heard or looked up, but actually studied; Who Jesus was, what did He teach, the timeline in which He taught it, who He taught it to, etc… The cherry picked verse you present was to the disciples He sent out to spread the gospel before His arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection. He changes His instructions after that has been completed; now He says to buy a sword, and if you don’t have one, to sell your cloak to buy one. Not only that, He says to take your purse that has your money in it. The philosophy of Jesus wasn’t about materialism, consumerism, etc… rather it was about eternal life and the kingdom of God and how you get to have it; as sinners we must put our faith in Him as the Son of God, and that He lived a perfect life, was crucified, and rose again.

        Again, you attempt to redefine the philosophies of the hippie movement. You can’t do that, or you are no longer actually talking about hippie philosophy. Please go study their actual beliefs and what they attempted to spread, trust me (or actually don’t trust me, please go research it), it wasn’t the same message as Jesus Christ. Jesus forgave sin, and instructed people to go and sin no more. He instructed people to have faith in Him. And, He told people He would be back and when He comes back He will no longer be in the suffering servant role, but rather conquering king and judge. Please read Revelation.

        Now, your last bit flips the proposal; not was “Jesus was a hippie” but rather “a hippie can be a Christian.” Sure they can be, that was never my argument.

  3. No Thanks

    “Sleep with who you want, whenever and wherever you want. Does that sound like Jesus to you?” No, but it doesn’t sound like a hippie either. Maybe a caricature of a hippie you’ve constructed because you want to to “try to paint Jesus this way … to fit an agenda that [you] personally believe in.” Truthfully a hippie is whatever people say and think a hippie is.

    You have a negative perception of hippies and a positive perception of Jesus, so of course you’re going to radicalize the opinions of a fictional opponent in your head to convince yourself anyone who thinks otherwise is crazy. If your idea of a hippie was a vagrant peace activist with a fondness for wine, community aid and love, then, well…

    You’ve got to be kidding me with that paragraphing trying to discredit world peace because it doesn’t necessarily mean peace in the afterlife.

    • Kliska

      “Sleep with who you want, whenever and wherever you want. Does that sound like Jesus to you?” No, but it doesn’t sound like a hippie either. Maybe a caricature of a hippie you’ve constructed because you want to to “try to paint Jesus this way … to fit an agenda that [you] personally believe in.” Truthfully a hippie is whatever people say and think a hippie is.

      Hmmm…. so at first you say that it doesn’t sound like a hippie, then you end with “Truthfully a hippie is whatever people say about and think a hippie is.” Just not me, right?

      The free love movement rejected marriage. What are the other philosophical ideas of the free love movement that hippies were involved in? Guess what, they don’t line up with Jesus’ teachings. The free love movement eschewed any type of authority when it came to sex, marriage, or love. Jesus taught the opposite; we have an Authority over us, and He has laid down the rules that are best for us to follow. Adultery is bad, divorce is bad, fornication is bad, etc… That is not the philosophy of the free love movement.

      The movement itself was not concerned with promiscuity and directly didn’t promote or try to stop it. However, the practical outcome was a bit different.

      You have a negative perception of hippies and a positive perception of Jesus, so of course you’re going to radicalize the opinions of a fictional opponent in your head to convince yourself anyone who thinks otherwise is crazy. If your idea of a hippie was a vagrant peace activist with a fondness for wine, community aid and love, then, well…

      I do indeed have a positive perception of Jesus, and a negative perception of the hippie culture (not hippies themselves). Again, you need to study up on how the hippies viewed themselves, certainly they did feel like radicals in the world and culture they were living in. They were counter-cultural.

      Let’s look at your definition of a hippie and compare with the Lord.

      The Lord was not a “vagrant.” He did walk where He worked, but was about His Father’s business, He was never aimless, never idle, never a beggar, rogue, etc… He performed miracles, He served as a Rabbi, He fed people, and that was during His active ministry, for a few short years. Now where is He? He most assuredly has a home, and is seated at the right hand of His Father. He taught He was the only way to Heaven, and if you don’t trust Him, you will be tossed out with the trash.

      Peace activist? Read Matthew 10:34 and then read the book of Revelation.

      Did He drink wine and create it from water? Sure. Did He ever get drunk or use mind-altering chemicals? No.

      His “community aid” was for one purpose; to prove Who He claimed to be. After He got His point across He said food for the belly is meaningless, but only faith and trust in Him could provide eternal life. He healed people to show He had the power to forgive sins. Hippie? Hardly.

      Love? Sure, biblical Godly love, which is nothing like the love promoted in the hippie culture. The first way you are commanded to love? Love God first and foremost with all your might. Do what God instructs. Read Luke 14:26. Read 1 John 2:15.

      You’ve got to be kidding me with that paragraphing trying to discredit world peace because it doesn’t necessarily mean peace in the afterlife.

      There will be no peace until all things are made new… that’s something else Jesus taught and He did indeed mean that it will take the end of the world, and then it’s remaking to bring about permanent and lasting peace.

      I hope, reading your reply, that you do believe that Jesus lived, died, and rose again as is recorded in scripture, as that is where you seem to be trying to pull your info from in regard to the Lord. If not, I hope you research His true nature, His true Love, and His hope for your life and come to place your trust in Him. As for the hippie stuff, keep researching, it’s a fascinating subject.

  4. Jack

    My version of Hippie is different. I see men, women and children gathering together for one purpose. To unite to save the earth and preserve humanity. Free love? Love does not always apply to sexual activity. It is more about bonding, sharing and supporting one another. Love is free and Jesus did preach of peace, joy, loving one another and heaven on earth.

    • Kliska

      The problem is if we change the meaning of words, we can agree on anything. I’m not saying that there are no overlapping philosophies between people groups, but “bonding, sharing, and supporting one another; peace, joy, loving one another” is not the main philosophical difference between hippies and other groups, such as the Amish, the Mormons, the Buddhists, etc… If we split up the philosophy into microscopic topics we loose site of the main point of my article; Jesus was not a hippie, and the “free love movement” wasn’t general at all, but a specific idea that I’ve already explained goes directly against Jesus’ teachings.

  5. Jacob

    NOTICE; this post was edited for language, that is the only thing I, Kliska, changed.

    Kliska, Honey…I don’t even know what to say…Stop taking pieces of the Bible for your own personal gain, and instead read the whole thing. The Bible was written by man. I hate to burst your bubble, but Jesus was indeed, a hippie, liberal, socialist, free-thinking HUMAN BEING. He was not divine (there also may even be evidence that in those missing years in the Bible he perhaps traveled to India and learned from the Buddhists of the time). He was a human with extremist ideas. It wasn’t until the Council of Nicea that Jesus was even considered as divine. It was a way to bring the Roman Empire to agree on the change in the State religion at the time. You are like all those other idiot Evangelists. You are ignorant, biased, and defensive. You preach a message of hate. People like you are no better than the Westboro Baptist Church. You are making our society worse instead of better. I bet you also believe there is no global warming even though millions of animals in the arctic are dying every year (harp seals, orcas, polar bears)-but they don’t have souls, so you don’t give a {Edit; crap}. It is because of people like you, our society suffers. If heaven does exist, I’m glad I won’t be there with people like you.

    • Kliska

      Every now and again, I approve a post I usually wouldn’t just to let my readers, both believers and non, a glimpse as to the comments and messages I receive as an example to how not to treat one another. I did edit “Jacob’s” comment because of foul language, but that is all. “Jacob,” just to let you know, this isn’t an invite for a back-and-forth, as your further comments won’t be approved.

      First, my fellow Feminists will automatically pick up on the disrespect and sexism in the very first phrase. My husband is the only man who should ever call me “Honey.” Condescension is unbecoming. Next, notice the illogical presentation; first “Jacob” says that Bible was written by man (implying that God did not inspire it), and then goes on to use the very thing he dismisses as his basis for his claims. If the Bible is merely man-produced, then why would anyone trust it for an accurate description of Jesus in the first place?

      Next, notice, that while he embraces this strange idea that Jesus was a hippie, liberal, socialist, claiming it is from scripture (read the WHOLE bible), he then denies the scriptures that clear show Jesus as the Divine Son of God. You can’t have it both ways and be logical. Either the scriptures can be used to paint a picture of Jesus, or not. If they can be used, they certainly paint an entirely different picture than “Jacob” paints. Notice also that early on he uses a flawed argument ad hominem by telling me to read the whole Bible. Now, out of the two of us, dear readers, which do you think has read the Bible, heard the Bible, and taught the Bible on many different occasions?

      Anyone who has read the Bible, even those that don’t believe in God, can clearly see that His Jewish followers clearly taught and believed Jesus was God. Thomas would have been committing horrible blasphemy by uttering “My LORD and my God” if Jesus was not God. And then, from “Jacob” we have a really nice string of examples of argument ad hominem in the form of personal attack, I’m an “idiot, ignorant, biased, and defensive.” Not only that, I “preach a message of hate.” And a rhetorical analogy, I’m no better than “Westboro Baptist Church.” And then a red herring about “global warming” or as we call it now, global climactic change.

      I’ve also written a nice article about how animals actually do have “nephesh” and are living, soul-filled beings, though not in the same way a human is. So, yes, I take our treatment of animals seriously, and I also know enough to look up unbiased statistics on animal population, and the latest data on climate change. Next, “Jacob” really goes off the rails and makes the strange claim that it is “people like me” (notice the heavy stereotype, reducing me to a category) that our society suffers. And then we see that “Jacob” is in fact not a believer, but sentences me to Hell (since I won’t be in Heaven when he’s judging me). “Jacob” the message of Love, the message the real and true Jesus taught was that you, “Jacob” are a sinner, but Jesus came and lived a perfect life, was crucified, and rose again all for you, all for love. By believing that, and by faithing on Him and what He has done, by acknowledging yourself a sinner in need of a Savior, I will be seeing you in Heaven. He didn’t commit your sins, but He did pay for them. Learn of Him; He is Good and Right, and True. Faithe on Him, and we’ll have an eternity to become friends.

      • Hi, I’m just writing because I crossed your article while doing research for a course on Ecology, Ethics, and Religion and have a question concerning your references to Revelations. Many church leaders opposed including Revelation in the New Testament but it was included by Athanasius as a useful political tool however predecessor said the book was “unintelligible, irrational and false.” I think the most accurate representation of God and Jesus’s message is depicted in the gospel and was wondering if there are any references that promote the message that you and your faith are trying to send that challenge your argument that Jesus was not a hippie?

      • Kliska

        1) Are you a Christian? If so, what denomination? If not, what do you consider yourself?
        2) What is your research for, a paper or project/presentation? If it is for something formal, what is your thesis?
        3) Here is a dictionary definition of Hippie; 1. (especially in the 1960s) a person of unconventional appearance, typically having long hair and wearing beads, associated with a subculture involving a rejection of conventional values and the taking of hallucinogenic drugs. Do you feel that Jesus was a hippie?

  6. Marie

    Jesus was super liberal for the time he lived in. According to the dictionary a hippie is “a usually young person who rejects established social customs (such as by dressing in an unusual way or living in a commune) and who opposes violence and war”. By this definition Jesus was a hippie due to the rejection of all the social customs for that time period.

    • Kliska

      First, let’s look at your picked definition; Jesus was actually in His thirties, so He wasn’t a young man in the culture He was living in (a young man would have been 14/15), second He did not reject social customs, in fact He fulfilled every single social custom called for in the Jewish religion, including how He dressed. Further, He didn’t live in a commune. He also doesn’t oppose violence (He made the very whip He used to beat the money changers out of the temple for example), nor war, again, as I’ve asked others, please read Revelation. His very words state blatantly that He has not come to bring peace, but a sword. What does that mean? That means when you start to follow Him, and place your faith in Him, His life, death, and resurrection, that your belief in Him will radically change the way others relate to you, and the way you see the world will be radically different. Hippies embraced the world, and what the world offers, Jesus soundly rejected the world and what it offers. Now, humans He loves and gave His life for us to clean up our mistakes.

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  8. Tim Crowe

    Jesus was not a god, a son of a god or anything but a Jewish zealot of the 1st century CE who was executed by the Romans for disturbing the peace and inciting riots. And if he truly did claim divinity or divine descent then he was either a con-artist or mentally disabled. He did not rise from the dead, does not answer prayers, not is he coming back. There are no gods, no afterlife, and it is biologically impossible for the dead to come back to life. All of this is antiquated superstition based on bronze age folk tales and myth that has no place in the modern world.The very thought that a poor illiterate Palestinian from over 2000 years ago is going to come and solve all the modern problems of the 21st century is childishly ignorant. Thus the political status of this Roman era street preaching lunatic holds no importance or relevance in the advancement of our civilization. Time to abandon these primitive worldviews as they stagnate our progress to a more enlightened society.

    • Kliska

      Tim welcome to my site. As you rightly point out; Jesus was either a nut, a fraud or the Son of God. As CS Lewis said in Mere Christianity, “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. … Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.”

      Now, if He were crazy, then none of His teaching would be truth, as they would be the product of a deranged mind, and His resurrection could never happen. My Masters is in Psychology, and my husband is a clinical psychologist; Jesus’ teaching was not the product of a deranged mind. If He were a con-man then none of His teaching would be truth, as they would be the product of self-gain and manipulation, and His resurrection could never happen. However, if His resurrection actually occurred, then His divinity would be proven. His resurrection indeed happened, it a historical fact. How many hours have you spent researching the resurrection? In this day and age, there is no excuse for not delving into the question in a serious way and checking out the evidence for yourself, in fact, my site has several resources on that very subject.

      Interestingly enough, your very message to me is proof of God. 1) You attempt logic, which has no basis if Materialism is true. 2) You mention matters of morality, which has no basis if Materialism is true. 3) Your very existence testifies to a Creator God, and you are made in His image. Tim, I’m praying that you will open your mind (it is very closed if your comment is any indication), and that you come to knowledge of truth; There is a God, He loves mankind, and He has offered you a way to be in right relationship with Him, through His Son Jesus Christ, Who lived and died and rose again, paying your sin debt. God’s grace can flow to you through faith. There is an afterlife, and I hope that you will have a change of mind that allows you to dwell with the Creator of all. Further, you are not expected to have “blind” faith, but rather be assured God has made Himself known, and those that seek Him with sincerity will find Him. Read the gospel of John, I’ll be praying for you. You aren’t alone, God is with you, ask Him to make Himself known to you in a personal way.

  9. Amanda

    Great article. I am getting tired of people calling Jesus a “hippie, socialist, conservative, liberal” or whatever. These ignorant individuals are constantly trying to fit the creator of the universe into a box and make him fit their personal beliefs or agenda… sorry, it doesn’t work that way. We are to confrom ourselves to him, not the other way around. You can’t label Jesus with something like “liberal” or “hippie” to vindicate yourself. There is a hyper-grace message in the church that is justifying and condoning people’s sinful lifestyles, and it has got to stop. Jesus stated himself he came not to bring peace, but a sword. He also did not condone sin, ever. He said “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” and “go and sin no more.” He said “I AM” several times, referencing the OT and his oneness with the Father. 1 John says in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word is Jesus. The Word was made flesh, he healed and loved and taught many, he bore sin and death, and rose again claiming victory over hell and the grave. That is Jesus, per the scripture. Calling him a “hippie” or whatever other wordly term you want to use is putting a label on him that does not belong, and quite frankly it is disrespectful.

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  11. Charles Paramore

    Thank you for this reading on Jesus and the idea some say he was the first hippie. A friend of mind pored on Facebook. That ” what this world needs is love sweet love . I committed ” what is world needs is Jesus .” She committed. Jesus was absolute love . The one of her friends commented. Jesus was the first hippie. So I decided to google it. Both of these people where so called hippies in the mid 70’s

  12. Matt

    I think what most people mean when they make statements like “Jesus was a hippie” is to emphasize that he was a proponent of a countercultural movement that emphasized love and forgiveness. The message he was sending was very different from the message from other religious leaders. He encouraged people to give up material possessions, love their enemies, and forgive those who wronged them.

    With that in mind, how can we justify our behavior and somehow manipulate it to conform to our greedy capitalist lifestyle. We destroy countries that slight us…does that sound like Jesus? We refuse to help the poor, but we gladly incarcerate minor offenders. Does that sound like the Jesus who welcomed his neighbor on the cross?

    I think we all like to manipulate ideas to conform to our own beliefs, but it is absolutely silly to think that the way Christianity is practiced in the US matches in any way to the philosophy of Jesus. Most religious people in the US openly mock “socialist hippies” who give up material possessions and live life to pursue an ideology; however, Jesus did just that.

    I will add the caveot that I am not a religious person, but I greatly admire the philosophy behind the movement. To look at Jesus from a nonreligious perspective is enlightening to see just how greatly religions have manipulated his actual ideology. Remember, he was a person who formed a small group of individuals who fought the religious dogma of the era, not some mega church pastor promising everlasting wealth and prosperity if you just believe in Jesus.

  13. Kimberly

    All I can say is AMEN, AMEN, AMEN!!! God be with you and give you peace as you shine His light of Truth in this dark world, and be blessed with the covering of Jesus’ Blood and the dunamis power within you, the divine strength, and conquering sword of God to change the hardened hearts and those choosing to be blind to His Truth!!! Grace be with you, AMEN

  14. Richard Thompson

    Some churches are too religious so they probably wouldn’t let Jesus in

  15. They are saying Jesus is all about “peace and love”, which also isn’t true. Hippy Jesus is in my mind fake PC never-offend-anyone-and-always-be-nice Christ, which is totally false to ANYONE who has read scripture.

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