Religion: Can You “Hate Religion, But Love Jesus?”

I came across the following video on YouTube a few days ago. It was uploaded on January 10th, and since then it has received more than 16 million views. Yeah, it’s hotter than Lindsey Lohan’s crotch. The name of the cat who did it is Jefferson Bethke, and it’s an awesome piece of spoken word. In my opinion, I found it to be very thought provoking hence my reason for bringing it to you folks. On the description of the video (which was made by Video production company Toronto) the brother writes:

A poem I wrote to highlight the difference between Jesus and false religion. In the scriptures Jesus received the most opposition from the most religious people of his day. At it’s core Jesus’ gospel and the good news of the Cross is in pure opposition to self-righteousness/self-justification. Religion is man centered, Jesus is God-centered. This poem highlights my journey to discover this truth. Religion either ends in pride or despair. Pride because you make a list and can do it and act better than everyone, or despair because you can’t do your own list of rules and feel “not good enough” for God. With Jesus though you have humble confident joy because He represents you, you don’t represent yourself and His sacrifice is perfect putting us in perfect standing with God!

So check out the following video and tell me: can it be possible to love Jesus and hate religion at the same time? Personally, it sounds kind of contradictory to me, and presents itself to be quite the non-secular paradox. I mean let’s face it: there would be no Christianity without Jesus, no? Of course there would be no Christianity without Jesus. Which really makes me question the people who say, “I’m not religious nor do I believe in religion, but I am spiritual.” I mean, what’s the difference? No really? Aren’t they one in the same? I’ono, but wut’chu think about it tho?

You can find Jefferson on Facebook where he carefully clarifies:

If you are using my video to bash “the church” be careful. I was in no way intending to do that. My heart came from trying to highlight and expose legalism and hypocrisy. The Church is Jesus’ bride so be careful how you speak of His wife…. The church is His vehicle to reach a lost word. A hospital for sinners. Saying you love Jesus but hate the Church, is like a fiancé saying he loves his future bride, but hates her kids.

I truly get what he was attempting to do with the following piece; yes, I really get it.  However, isn’t it a bit hypocritical to think that Jesus can be separated from religion? I could be wrong, but the way I see it, you either accept it all or reject it. After all, there is no such thing as a half-way Christian, believer, or atheist, no? I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this one, folks; yeah, lemme know what’s up, OK? Because from where I’m sitting, Jesus is as man made as religion.