“The engaged faithful are not lone wolfs. No matter how much we might want to be.”
DIY culture, which is a thing, is filled with home repairs, replacing bad elements to electronics, and the installation of new amenities. There are whole communities dedicated to the idea, “You can do this.”
My favorite is Instructables.com.
“I got this”, is one of the first and loudest vocal points of the proto-punk scene. It resonated with London’s seedy garage bands. As they evolved and made a splash across the pond, they brought it with them. Over and over again, the planted ethos was, “I don’t need to have music, fashion, and culture pushed on me. I (or we) can do this ourselves.”
One of the bits that often get missed is that they didn’t do it all on their own. Check out the Wikipedia page for the Sex Pistols or the Ramones, and you will find a myriad of interactions and the names of legendary influencers. You’ll find clothing stores and bars that supported the new artists—that gave them recognition and legitimacy. The point, Do It Yourself, is more often than not, a collaboration. We work off of the progress of others. We stand on the shoulders of past innovators. Even when someone does something new, there is often a synthesis of ideas and inspiration.
For example, let’s say you are knee deep into a bathroom restoration. You’ve pulled up the original and now near trendy vintage checkered linoleum. You’ve placed and grouted in fresh ceramic tiles. It’s now time for you to install the new water saving toilet. Unless you’re a trained plumber (education is still working from another’s experience), you’ll likely find yourself at a hardware store asking for advice. If you’re like me, you’re also watching youtube demonstrations.
The last tent-post holding up the DIY Christian concept is a commitment to being connected.
The DIY believer needs to remain connected: to other Christians, a spiritual home (likely a church), to the scriptures, and to God in prayer. I also posit, for some perhaps a bridge too far, that they need to recognize that they are still connected to the world. For the nerdy church theologian out there, that means Luther’s Two Kingdom ideology or Niebuhr’s chapter titled Christ and Culture in Paradox.
The engaged faithful are not lone wolfs. No matter how much we might want to be. Hollywood has glorified that motif, yet the DIY are not Rebels Without a Cause, and when they try to be, their message suffers for it. Because to the whole story, God’s story, is for connection—to Him and His children.
PunkChiridion desires to impart this idea, that the whole of the scripture, is a calling to be together. As such, we seek God in His words and prayer. We hold tight to the companions He has brought into a fellowship with us, just as we call out to others to join this union.
This finishes our starting point. If you haven’t checked them out, inspect the others. Because it’s from this foundation that we will be moving forward.