What does Feng Shui have to do with it?
I attended my first writer’s conference in the summer of 2016, where I had the privilege of meeting with an agent to share an idea near to my heart for over twenty years. As I shared my idea, he seemed genuinely excited! I was thrilled! But then he said something like, “I love it! I can see it now, ‘Christian Feng Shui’.” As I outwardly acknowledged his excitement with a smile, my heart engaged in a struggle.
I was aware of the term Feng Shui (“fung shway”), as it had become a buzzword in the western world of decorating and design many years ago. Curious, I had looked through several books with this term in the title, and from all I could tell, it meant creating a space of perfect balance and harmony, a place of peace and tranquility. Of course that is what everyone longs for, so I thought maybe this was something I needed to know more about.
Upon further study, I discovered that Feng Shui was not something new but rather an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China having something to do with the placement of certain elements to affect and control the flow of energy in an environment. Some believe the conscious practice of this art supports health, wealth, luck, and happiness, and in not following the practices, bad luck, poverty, or even death may be their fate. Feng Shui is a serious practice for some middle eastern religions and there are gods involved that must be pleased. As a Christian, I felt this practice went further than basic principles of design that I had studied in school, crossing a line into mysticism, superstition, and idol worship. Therefore, I knew it was not a term or practice that was compatible with my faith.
“You must not have any other god but me.” Exodus 20:3 (NLT)
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. Colossians 2:8 (NASB)
Knowing this, “Christian Feng Shui” was far from the title that seemed appropriate for the book I had dreamed of writing for years! Yet the majority of people who hear or use the term “Feng Shui” are simply expressing an idea of peace and tranquility which is not in conflict with what a Christian home should be.
The conflict in my heart and head was relentless as I traveled home. When I arrived home later that night I researched the term “Feng Shui” once again. All that I found confirmed what I had discovered years earlier. As I sat thinking of another way to describe what was in my heart, I was moved to look up the actual translation of the words feng and shui. I found that ‘feng’ means wind, and ‘shui’ means water. I immediately thought about Jesus calming the storm! I reached for my Bible and looked it up. Matthew, Mark, and Luke each recorded a verse that says, “Even the wind and waves obey Him!” Yes! Even the feng and the shui are under God’s command!
Matthew 9:23-27 tells us about a time when Jesus got into a boat and started across the lake with his disciples. When a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat, Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked.
“Even the winds and waves obey him!” Matthew 8:23-27 (NLT)
And that is what feng shui has to do with it! The wind and the waves represent the storms we have in our lives and in our homes, and God, our marvelous and wonderful Creator, has a plan for us that is greater than the storms we face. Even the wind and waves obey Him!
He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed.
Psalm 107:29 (NASB)
I believe the condition of our hearts affects the condition of the homes we live in, and the condition of our homes affects the condition of our hearts. If we want that sense of balance, peace, and harmony that so many long for, and some seek through the practice of Feng Shui, we will not find it until we put our lives under the control of The One whom even the wind and waves obey!
Love and Blessings,