This is a powerful message which seems to be resonating well with others as it already has over 18 million hits, which is really good for something not about funny cats.
Here’s what the author, Jefferson Bethke, had to say about why he wrote this:
“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!”
– Jefferson Bethke
In his poem, he’s able to articulate what I think a lot of us are feeling about that current state of religion and its growing divide between what Jesus represented. Religion, a man made institution, has become more of a tool for separation, self-righteousness, and condemnation than it has for unity, spiritual connectivity, and growth.
He illustrates the irony of the ultra religious being the ones who actually rejected Jesus in the first place and states “But If Jesus came to your church would they actually let Him in “. Even though He came to break down the barriers that religion had created between God and his people, it seems Religion has erected them once again in a new guise.
The popularity of this video says to me that people are ready for a change and new approach to finding God. Even though Religion has let people down, there still seems to be hope that God won’t.
I’m hoping for a new spiritual revival in which we overcome our need to judge others and their approach to God, and begin sincerely Loving God and one another.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Let us know your thoughts, and whether or not you agree with this man’s message.
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