Many of you may have seen the following video that went viral a couple of weeks ago. Titled “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus” it expresses a deeply felt faith that has resonated with millions.
But just yesterday, I was sent the following link to a response to the first from the other side of the fence. It’s titled “Why I Love Religion and Love Jesus.” The reason I’m posting both YouTube videos here is that they give us another example of the principle of wisdom that we’ve given quite a bit of time to: (Prov 18:17)
Without a question, the first video has echoes of Jesus who was harder on religious leaders than anyone else. Admittedly I was deeply moved when I watched it. There is an infinite, eternal, and personal difference between Christ (as a person) and religion (as a system).
Yet when I saw the second, I did a double-take and remembered Jesus’ servant James who wrote, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).
Religion that represents Jesus in truth, love, and spirit can be a faithful servant. By analogy we might even say that there is an eternal, infinite, and personal difference between Jesus and the Bible, but…
My apologies if your bandwidth doesn’t enable you to watch these. I hope I’ve given enough of a description to give you a sense of the point/counterpoint.