Religious nuts and spiritual fruit – Song of Solomon 6:11 – I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded.
I often see pithy little sayings that sound good, yet are often misleading. One in particular is – God does not want spiritual nuts. Another is God wants “spiritual “ people, not “religious nuts.”
Here is my determination on this whole matter. I have included some dictionary terms for the benefit of those that like to create their own meanings to words. This will help us to be clear on definitions.
First the similarities: Zealous is – Marked by active interest and enthusiasm. Nuts is – Someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction; “a car nut,” a “wrestling nut,” a “hunting nut,” a “family nut.” Do we notice the similarities in these terms? Phinehas was such a religious nut or zealous for the Lord that plunged a spear through a man and a woman and stayed a plague. Numbers 25:8-11 I am sure the nation was glad to have a religious nut in their presence.
Oh yes, we need to take a look at that word religious and how it compares to spiritual:
Religious – Concerned with sacred matters, religion or the church.
Having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity.
Spiritual – Concerned with sacred matters, religion or the church.
Concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul.
Wow!! I mean just wow. The first definition for each are the same. Let us not miss the implication here. There are some things we do religiously that have nothing to do with God, worship or the church. I am religious when I worship, read and pray to the one and only True God. There are other things that I do religiously that drive people nuts, specially my wife. Therefore we must look at the usage of the word.
Spiritual is a wonderful word. I have seen it used by an individual in this way – “I am not religious but I am spiritual. What does that mean? This person has their own definition for spiritual. Most often it is a rejection of the true God and a spiritual worship of self or earth or any other thing. This reminds us that the way a word is used is very important.
Revelation 3:19 – As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous (be a religious nut) therefore, and repent.
If we had more religious nuts, we might have more spiritual fruit.