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'Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus': To Adore or Abhor?

What we can take away from the viral video that elicited such visceral reactions.

I'm guessing at least 15 of your friends have posted Jefferson Bethke's "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus," and maybe yet another 15 of your friends posted response pieces. Don't worry: the phrase 'false dichotomy' will not appear anywhere in this article. And we will not discuss at length the merits of Christian spoken word as a subgenre (perhaps another time).

Bethke risks appearing supremely arrogant by claiming to love Jesus and hate religion—an arrogance of which, I must point out, I am as guilty as anyone. To separate Jesus from religion is to create a false dichotomy an untrue juxtaposition of two non-mutually exclusive concepts. Jesus did not come to abolish religion. He did not come to abolish the law. (Matthew 5:19) He came to do what he is still in the business of doing: to redeem all.

We do not get to separate ourselves from the Church, as Christians. We do not get to claim non-religiosity simply to fit in, or to feel better about ourselves. As a friend of mine put it, ...

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