11 million views in 4 days. 116,000 comments. Different opinions, different views. The video by Jefferson Bethke entitled “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” has formed confusion, disagreement, agreement, and different kinds of reactions for everyone.
I guess what Jefferson meant by the word religion is human effort to become acceptable God. We do all these things, thinking we’ll get blessed back in return. We love God, we serve God, thinking it would make Him love us — which, in truth, is actually a wrong thinking and leads to death. In truth, we don’t have to do anything to make God love us. Because He loves us, no matter what. And only His love can ever complete us, can ever satisfy us.
“Because the problem with religion is that it never gets to the core,
It’s just behavior modification, like a long list of chores.
Let’s dress up the outside, make things look nice and neat,
Its funny that’s what they do to mummies, while the corpse rots underneath,”
To this, I definitely agree. I still see it in churches nowadays, especially here in our country… people never really understanding the Gospel and what Jesus has done, the church more focused on getting themselves fired up and working, doing stuff for God. There’s no real rest in there. And so, the Gospel is not doing its job…to heal. To reveal grace. Instead religion makes it about self-effort, keeping up our image, living for God. It might work out in the beginning, but in the long run, it will only get us to trust in ourselves rather than Jesus’ finished work.
Jefferson puts it this way:
Because Religion says do, Jesus says done.
Religion says slave, Jesus says son,
Religion puts you in shackles but Jesus sets you free.
Religion makes you blind, but Jesus lets you see.
And that’s what we should be thinking about.
Is being a Christian for us just about following a set of rules? Keeping up our image and living for God?
Is sharing the Gospel for us motivating others to work for God? It shouldn’t. Because religions says it’s do, but Jesus says it’s done.
Jesus Christ said “It is finished”. And I believe He doesn’t waste words. It is finished.