Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21
Simplicity and minimalism should be natural for Christians. But it is not. We are just like everyone else. We buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t know. St. Cyprian had it right, “Whereas the Lord tells us to sell we buy instead and accumulate.”
Given the economic climate, a movement towards minimalism has gained momentum. There are a number of good blogs about minimalism that I have enjoyed finding. I was encouraged by a conversation I had a while ago and wrote about 100 Things: The New Minimalism
I find that I am hooked on the topics these minimalism bloggers write about, for instance; A minimalist approach to books, Learn to love less, Car-free living, The beauty of small, The lust for new things, Ways to avoid buying new stuff, On owning nothing, Having less debt, etc.
I think the best first step towards simplifying is to follow the Lord’s prescription found above. We need to sell our things (at least some of our things) and give to the poor and follow Him. I think Christians should be engaged in what appears to me as a new mainstream minimalism. We need them and they need us.