derogatory or complimentary?

“There was a man in the desert with naps on his head.

The sand that he walked was also his bed.

The words that he spoke made the people assume there wasn’t too much left in the upper room.

With skins on his back and hair on his face, they thought he was strange by the locusts he ate.

You see, the Pharisees tripped when they heard him speak.

Until the king took the head of this Jesus Freak.”

(dc Talk)

If someone called you a “Jesus Freak”, would you feel insulted or praised?

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About Joey Asher Tan

Apart from Jesus, I can do nothing; I am absolutely nothing without Christ.

Posted on April 24, 2010, in Attempted Provocation, Creative Expressions, In Your Face, Previews & Reviews, Quote & Unquote and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It’s hard to say. I lost a friend before, and her last words to me before she stopped speaking to me was, “You’re one of those Jesus freaks”, and it was hurtful. But she called me that because I posted Christian videos on facebook. Nothing particularly controversial as well I guess, just songs. If being considered a freak means openly professing I am a Christian well I guess, despite the insult intended in that word, I’d take it.

    I don’t think it’s something that a person can stand on the rooftops and shout with glee, “YIPPIE I AM A JESUS FREAK!! YES I AM! THANK YOU FOR THE PRAISE!” It’s not joyful because someone must have called you that and you know that the person is not saved, and I think it’s something that’ll cause sadness somehow. In other words what I think I am trying to say is this – I cannot take such pride in standing up for my faith, I can only be at peace with my actions, and be mournful for one soul yet unsaved.

  2. Thanks for sharing, serene. I enjoyed your reflection for it expands my perspective on this topic and I appreciate your willingness to be honest regarding this potentially controversial scenario. :)

    At the end of the day, whether we are Jesus freaks, followers, fanatics, friends or fiends, it’s most important to be led by the Spirit in all our undertakings. I believe that gives us the peace and security in our hearts to know that He truly is in control of any situation, be it derogatory or complimentary.

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