The words “Jesus Freak” were first coined in the late sixties, when hippies became part of a new revival, the Jesus Movement. It was a time when music, poetry and an open expression for Jesus Christ turned a new generation on to God. It merged rock and roll with the Gospel message, a wave we’re still riding today known as contemporary Christian Music.
It infused the Church with the arts. It shook up conventional worship. And, due to it’s “in your face” approach, it had a backlash. The rest of the world called over-zealous young people “Jesus Freaks” as a derogatory term. But decades later a new generation is embracing the same passion for expression.
Being a Jesus Freak is having a passionate heart for Jesus, a willingness to extend that passion into all areas of life, be it poetry, music, art, or the hard choices made at life’s crossroads.
The lineage of Jesus Freaks actually extends much further back into history than the sixties.
Many devoted followers through the centuries gave a new definition to the word “commitment” when they put their homes, their families, and even their lives on the line. Their love for Jesus was bigger than life itself. When I read their stories, I can’t help but think of my own choices, my own commitments, and how much I owe to those courageous individuals.
Jesus Freaks are more than hippie kids and rock and roll. They are the dedicated followers of Jesus Christ who place His name above any other need or desire. And as a Jesus Freak, I stand with thousands of martyrs around the world who still face persecution because Jesus means more to them than their own lives or comfort.
Written By Kevin Max