Religion vs Jesus: Hating Religion, Loving Christ Video

My friend Carl Middleton pointed me to this video, Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus. Carl knows I have an some issues with ‘churches’ and their connection to the National Council of Churches (NCC) (among other things). It disturbs me that some of my money, going to my church, ends up in the NCC coffers.

The video credit goes to bball1989 at GodTube. Along with the video is this message:

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word

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!

This is obviously a very talented and sincere young man. I’m puzzled at why he is referring to Republicans tough. I can guess, but I’ll refrain. I’ve made a few points below the video text, and I hope you will let me know what you think:

Video Text:

What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion? What if I told you voting Republican really wasn’t his mission? What if I told you Republican doesn’t automatically mean Christian? And just because you call some people blind, doesn’t automatically give you vision?

I mean, if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars? Why does it build huge churches but fails to feed the poor. Tell single moms God doesn’t love them because if they’ve ever had a divorce, but in the Old Testament, God actually calls religious people whores.

Religion might preach grace, but another thing they practice. Tends to ridicule God’s people; they did it to John the Baptist. They can’t fix their problems, so they just mask it, not realizing religion is like spraying perfume on a casket.

See, the problem with religion is it never gets to the core. It’s just behavior modification like a long list of chores. Like, let’s dress-up the outside and make it nice and neat, but it’s funny, that’s what they used to do to mummies while the corpse rots underneath.

I’m not judging. I’m just saying putting on a fake look, there’s a problem because people only know you’re Christian by your Facebook. I mean in every other aspect of life, you know that logic’s unworthy. It’s like saying you play for the Lakers just because you bought a jersey.

See, this was me too, but no one seemed to be on to me. Acting like a church kid, while addicted to pornography. See, on Sunday I’d go to church, but on Saturday getting faded, acting as if I was created to simply have sex and get wasted.

See, I built this whole life building this facade of neatness, but now that I know Jesus I boast in my weakness. Because if grace is water, the church should be an ocean. It’s not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for the broken.

Which means I don’t have to hide my failure, I don’t have to hide my sin, because it doesn’t depend on me, it depends on Him. See, because when I was God’s enemy and certainly not a fan, He looked down and said, I want that man.

Which is why Jesus hated religion and called them fools. Don’t you see so much better than just following some rules. Now let me clarify. I love the church, I love the Bible and yes, I believe in sin, but if Jesus came to church, would they actually let him in?

See, remember He was called a glutton and a drunkard by religious men, but The Son of God never supports self-righteousness, not now, not then. Now back to the point, one thing vital to mention. How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrums.

One’s the work of God and one’s a man-made invention. See, one is the cure and the other is the infection. See, because religion says “do,” Jesus says “done.” One says “slave,” Jesus says “son.” Religion puts you in bondage, while Jesus sets you free.

Religion makes you blind, while Jesus makes you see. That’s why religion and Jesus are two different claims. Religion is man searching for God. Christianity is God searching for man. My salvation is freely mine and forgiveness is my own, not based on my merits but Jesus’ obedient alone.

Because He took the Crown of Thorns, and the blood dripped down his face. He took what we all deserve. I guess that’s why it’s called grace. And while being murdered, He yelled, “Father forgive them. They know not what they do, because when he was dangling on that cross, He was thinking of you.

And He absorbed all your sin, and He buried it in the tomb, which is why I’m kneeling at the cross, saying “come on, there’s room.” So, for religion, no, I hate it, in fact, I literally resent it, because when He said “it is finished,” I believe He literally meant it.

The video ends with Romans 4:5 (here it is from NIV):

However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

My thoughts:

1) Because we are mortal and human, we err in egregious ways in our churches and with our fellow man. This is why you and I MUST know what our church and our pastor and other leaders preach and espouse. Too many of us see our churches as a gathering place for social identity, only. Others look for that social aspect as well as for the worship and teaching. It’s the teaching and the outreach that’s important. Know when you disagree, and don’t assume you are wrong because you haven’t attended seminary.

No church is perfect, so leaving at every little thing will bring nothing but frustration and bitterness toward being a part of the Christian community, but we must participate in the Word of God. Some disagreements are not all that important. Others are vitally important. Know the Word of God as best you can, and avoid the religiosity of denominations and organizations who you believe do not represent The Word.

2) At the time of Jesus, there was no Christianity. There was Jesus and his teachings to the Apostles. After the resurrection, the Apostles were charged with bringing us together to learn and to worship.

3) Most churches I am familiar with, do feed the poor. They clothe the children. They minister to addictions, and the sick and the lonely, not just in the U.S., but around the world. Some die for doing so. Some of us do more through our places of work. Churches are only capable of doing all that they do because of the congregation. Sometimes, in the face of all that is so anti-Christian, I marvel at what the Christian community around the world inspires to do. It’s not about self-righteousness. It’s about serving because He is making you righteous.

4) The fault I see with the church is the members not thinking, not questioning, not opening their Bibles when they hear something from the pulpit that sounds not quite right. Sometimes it’s nothing. Sometimes it’s major.

Why I Hate Religion and Love Jesus (video)

Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook