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.