Patricia and I were sort of Hippies when we met. We believed in “make love, not war” as a road to a gentler more peaceful, caring life. You didn’t say Love, you lived it. Those who spoke, didn’t Know, those who Knew loved. Put another way: God is Love (God loves all people equally) and dwells within you. You don’t believe, you know!
Well many of the aspects of hippy culture are back with a vengeance in modern Christianity. It is more than the fashion, more than women in floral maxi dresses with tumbling locks topped with flower crowns, more than men with beards and “man buns”. It is a movement to non dual thinking and meditation.
The Christian Church is now ready to believe that God is Love – that same Love the hippies embraced. As Fr Richard Rohr says “Oh, gosh! We’ve gone backwards in so many ways. So, I believe the good news really is good news. If we could be given that great act of hope at the beginning, that this universe is going somewhere, and is beloved of God, instead of thinking we’re going to bring people to the love of God by fear, and guilt, and shame. Whatever made us think that would work? And we see right now that it is hasn’t.”
Jesus Christ was both FULLY man and FULLY God – he loved as we love. God can be grasped and held fast only by love. The hippies had it right all along.