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.

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