Jefferson Bethke has certainly received a lot of attention for his video, “Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus, which went viral on YouTube last week (over 10 million views). In it, he raps a poem expressing a common evangelical perspective: Christianity is not a religion but a relationship. In fact, Jesus came to abolish religion and establish something completely new in its place.
I wonder what you might think about it?
Then, on the other hand…
Jonathan Fisk calls out Bethke and charges him with not adequately defining his terms and with promulgating a false dichotomy. I don’t post this for you because Fisk specifically promotes Lutheranism (though I personally agree with him), but because on a broader level, I think he offers a better way of thinking about how Jesus and religion relate to one another.
Oh yeah, and the clips from the Scott Wesley Brown video from the 70’s are worth twice the price of admission.
OK, it’s all yours. Have your say. Play nice.
Note: please make sure you watch the videos. Don’t just comment on what you may have heard elsewhere.