Perhaps you’re one of the 18 million people who’ve viewed the viral YouTube video, Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus—and if not, check it out.
It is simply a video of a young man reciting his poem. In it, he creatively contrasts Jesus with religion. He does so with passion and conviction, avoiding overproduced hype and nauseating jargon.
From a broader perspective, I addressed this in my post “Spiritual but not Religious.”
Although the sentiment of both is not the exclusive domain of one demographic, it does more appropriately typify today’s younger crowd. They—like me—tend to embrace spirituality and love Jesus, but the religions—and religiosity—that surrounds it is a huge turn-off.
It all boils down to being real, not fake. Which I think is what Jesus had in mind all along.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.