CounterCultural? Huh?

Fountain in Brussels
A random picture of a fountain from my trip to Belgium…Just because…

I first came across the term ‘countercultural’ during the Keswick Convention. I was probably 16 or 17 at the time- where did the time go?- but the phrase has stuck with me ever since. For me, it summed up everything about living as a Christian and helped me to accept that I wasn’t meant to fit in. This continued to a lesser extent while I was at university, though I fitted in better with my course mates than the Christian Union by the end. But throughout this time,  I never questioned what the term really meant.

Naming the blog CounterCultural. CounterCouture seemed to be logical as I wanted to be countering what was offered on the high street and catwalks. However, somewhere along the way I was sucked into blogging and forgot why I started. My desire to offer an option that was alternative and modest was lost amidst the freebies, reviews, outfits and photo shoots that began to obsess my mind. I was so keen on ‘making it’ as a blogger, that I forgot my purpose and drive.

That was until a few months ago when I started to feel uncomfortable with the focus in my own life on the fashion industry. I even had trends I had lampooned at the start of the blog (see my very first post here) appearing as an actual outfit. Even worse, I had stopped visiting my favourite charity shops, which are definitely the best places to develop an individual style. But what does any of this have to do with being countercultural?

Red jacket, black mesh skirt, white shirt, trainers
Working that Sports Luxe look

Living in a way that can be described as countercultural is not just about the clothes, though it’s an easy way to demonstrate it as many subcultures show. But it is so much more than that. It’s about an attitude and way of living. For each person, this is different but as a Christian I believe that it is enshrined within the Bible. From the 10 Commandments that enabled the Jews to stand out amongst their neighbours through to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Christianity has countercultural DNA. It goes beyond the food we eat, clothes we wear and words we speak.

If you want a really good example of living counter culturally, we need to stop being afraid of looking foolish. Remember when I posted this about re-evaluating what I was writing about on CC.CC? Since then, if anything I have become more convinced that my attitude needs to change first if I am to move closer to my original drive.

If you would like to do some further reading or listening, please check out 1 Corinthians 1v18-25, Revelation 2v1-7 and this sermon by Simon Faulks.

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