Loving Jesus = Religion

So… has anybody seen this video that’s been going around, about hating religion but loving Jesus?  Yeah, I thought so… he’s approaching 11M hits, so it’s hard to avoid it.  I have to say, my first instinct was just to be appalled and write it off, and hope it went away.  It’s not like it’s a new sentiment, and I figured it would just come and go.  But over the last few days I’ve really been blessed by how many people have stepped up to respond, from all corners – Protestant, Orthodox, and Catholic – and if anything, this video has been a great catalyst for discussion and evangelism.  So bravo to Jefferson Bethke for getting the ball rolling – if perhaps not the way he intended!

So here are a few of my favorite responses to the anti-religion rant.

“Why I Hate People Hating On Religion” Jimmy Akin

“Jesus v. Religion?” – Joe Heschmeyer

“Religion VS. Relationship” – Brent Stubbs

“Does Jesus Hate Religion?  Should You?” – Marcel LeJeune

“Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus – The Smackdown” – Marc Barnes (938 comments at this writing!)

“Why I Love (True) Religion Because I Love Jesus” – Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick

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If you’ve seen a good response video or blog post, link it in the comments!