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Love Hate Point Counterpoint

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.

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83 Responses to “Love Hate Point Counterpoint”

  1. poohpity says:

    The first one said that Jesus is more than religion and the second said that Jesus is less than religion.

  • remarutho says:

    Good Evening Mart & Friends —

    I appreciate both raps — being current cultural expressions. I like poetry of all kinds! Religion is a systematic approach to what God deeply desires for each of us: re (again) ligare (connect). Many of us waltz on to our own tune — atheistically presuming that God’s will is the same as ours. But, it is not the same, unless our will bends to his Will.

    The divine plan was always to send God’s only Son to make reconnecting with God possible. I do not care for the word religion, but it truly describes a deliberate and obedient practice of seeking and doing God’s will.

    I choose both poems. The truth is somewhere between them. The Holy Spirit enables and empowers us, broken jars of clay, to contain God’s glorious life through Jesus Christ. He supplies wisdom and humility and joy in obedience. Otherwise, religion is a dry exercise.