Healthy Christian Craft
Is your craft healthy? Does it make you a better you? Does it bring you closer to God? Does it bring you peace? For me, craft is a respite, an escape from a busy world. It takes me back to the earth. It reminds me to rest. It reminds me of how powerful God is and how powerful He chose to make me. It enforces my dependence on God and my interconnectedness with nature. It empowers me amongst my fellow humans and humbles me before God.
Christian craft becomes unhealthy when:
- We forget God as we explore our own power.
- We spend more time with other spiritual energies than with God.
- We spend more time learning about other spiritual energies than God.
- We spend more time honoring other entities.
- We give undeserved worship to other entities.
- We develop unhealthy habits because of craft.
- We forget self-care.
- We forget to make allowances for our own safety.
- We favor craft over mundane assistance.
- We replace our devotional times with performing craft that is separated from God.
- Our identity can no longer be separated from our magick.
- This means our identity is no longer in Christ.
- If magick was taken from us we would lose ourselves.
- We cannot function in our daily lives without magick.
- We stop providing mundane assistance when promoting justice and only use craft.
- We refuse to take communion with other Christians who do not recognize our path as valid.
- We separate ourselves from anyone who we perceive would not understand our magick.
- We stop thanking God for the goodness that we reap because we falsely believe we brought it to ourselves by our own power.
The ways craft becomes unhealthy center around separation–separation from God, separation from others, and separation from our own needs. That is not to say that there won’t be times when you deliberately separate yourself from the world, but these separations will have definitive start and end times. You are not of the world, but you are in it.
These reasons are why not everyone should practice Christian craft. We are a broken creation. If we were not, everyone would have the ability to practice craft. It takes a lot of time and effort to address issues of brokenness within ourselves. The truth is though, we don’t have to be perfect. We don’t have to have all of these figured out. As long as we can recognize our vices and humbly lift them to God, we will be all right. Also, just because you can practice Christian craft healthfully does not make you a better Christian than others. It only means you are broken in different places.