The word simplicity is almost like the word love. Everyone has an opinion on what the exact definition is. From Answers.com we get this definition:
n., pl. -ties.
- The property, condition, or quality of being simple or uncombined.
- Absence of luxury or showiness; plainness.
- Absence of affectation or pretense.
- Lack of sophistication or subtlety; naiveté.
- Lack of good sense or intelligence; foolishness.
- Clarity of expression.
- Austerity in embellishment.
Wikipedia gives this definition:Simplicity is the property, condition, or quality of being simple or un-combined. It often denotes beauty, purity or clarity. Simple things are usually easier to explain and understand than complicated ones. Simplicity can mean freedom from hardship, effort or confusion. It may also refer to a simple living lifestyle. Go to Wikipedia to see the rest
Another problem I face in trying to define Christian simplicity is Voluntary Simplicity for the sake of saving the Earth. That is not what this it is about. I am someone who will not tell you that simplicity is something you must do for the sake of all humanity. Think about the workers who make your electronics, clothes, and convenience items. If we would just stop buying new phones every time ours goes out of fashion we could change the lives of millions of people. What we buy does not just affect people economically, but also socially in moving away from families and environmentally by the trash created by excess.
So What is Christian Simplicity?
Living on what we need. We ask for daily bread so we can learn to trust God. Our time, our money, and even our families belong to God. Everything we have is a gift to be grateful for. Simplicity is trusting God and not looking at the world to tell us what we are supposed to drive, where we are supposed to live, and what we are supposed to wear. God created man and woman to be stewards of the earth. If that is true then we must look out for our brothers and sisters around the world by being an example of good stewards of what we have.
You don’t have to start your own garden or wear your clothes until they are threadbare. You have to make choices that are in line with the bible and more importantly, listen to Christ and let the Holy Spirit be your guide.
There are several Catholic and Quaker books on simplicity, but today most of the popular protestant Christian books deal with how God wants us to have more here on Earth. That is the dominant view we must cut through to return to responsibility in Christ. These are two of my favorite,
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