skeptical friend asked me, "What is a Jesus
nut?" Here's how I answered:
guess you have one answer in mind, and I’ll accept the
challenge. At King’s High School I took a year of
biology. The first semester was about plants.
Mid-second-semester (animals), the teacher gave extra
credit on a test by asking us to regurgitate everything
we could recall about first-semester plants. I wrote
about thalophytes, bryophytes and teridophytes.
Elasmobranchii? Anyway, I got 118% on the test. And so,
in a similar effort, so as not to miss the point, I
offer you the Top 10 Answers to “What is a Christian
Nut?” saving my favorite answer until the last (#1):
One holy man told me being a committed Christians means
being a “fan.” “Fan” is short for fanatic. If
people make fools of themselves at football games, we
should be bold about our walk with Christ such that
people might think of us as a fanatic (or nut).
Another holy man told me to be “NOT” a fan – not
an onlooker/observer. “The
biggest threat to the church today is fans who call
themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested
in following Christ. They want to be close enough to
Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it
requires anything from them.” Click
here and scroll down to quotes:
Dallas Willard, yet another holy man, said that
“casting pearls before swine” actually means to
offer spiritual counsel when it is not specifically
helpful to someone. Beating a skeptic over the head with
ecclesiastical terminology may not be helpful. Guilty as
God created an exquisite variety of people with
different personalities. If Joe is suited for
street-preaching and Hank loves to engage people
door-to-door, Dave may have a completely dissimilar
personality and gift.
When I think I might be doing something for God, he may
be doing something much better, using me as an
instrument, something of which I am not even aware.
I might think I’m a great story-teller and singer, and
I might over-do it with you. I may become a turn-off,
considered more of a motor-mouth or bellower.
I might make you feel uncomfortable about some objective
truth. I’m thinking, “Good! I want him to be
uncomfortable until he is motivated to adopt truth and
do something about it.” You may consider me a nut.
I may think it is I who must win your heart for Jesus.
And you must do it my way – sign a card, walk the
aisle, pray the sinner’s prayer. But I cannot win you.
Only God can do that. Abraham didn’t sign a card, walk
the aisle or pray the sinner’s prayer. But the Bible
says he was God’s friend. And no friend of God will be
Impose strict rules and standards that are not biblical,
thus acting like a Pharisee.
MY FAVORITE, #1 REASON SOMEONE MIGHT BE CONSIDERED A
JESUS NUT (or “over-saved”):
"Jesus Christ nut" is the large metal nut on a
UH-1 Huey that keeps the rotor blades attached to the
fuselage. The "Jesus Christ nut" is
all-powerful. If it loosens and comes off, the body of
the helicopter drops out from under the rotor blades and
plummets to the ground, the blades themselves spinning
off to their own crash miles away.