“Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus”

This young guy wrote this poem explaining just how different Jesus and Religion really are. THIS is what I believe in. THIS is what I do each time I’m going to a “church meeting”. This dude has the right idea.

To Jefferson Bethke – I say thank you!

If you don’t want to watch the video below, at the very least please read the poem:

What if I told you, Jesus came to abolish religion?
What if I told you getting you to vote republican, really wasn’t his mission?
Because republican doesn’t automatically mean Christian,
And just because you call some people blind, doesn’t automatically give you vision.
If religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?
Why does it build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor?
Tells single moms God doesn’t love them if they’ve ever been divorced
Yet God in the Old Testament actually calls the religious people whores
Religion preaches grace, but another thing they practice,
Tend to ridicule Gods people, they did it to John the Baptist,
Cant fix their problems, so they try to mask it,
Not realizing that’s just like sprayin perfume on a casket
Because the problem with religion is that it never gets to the core,
It’s just behavior modification, like a long list of chores.
Let’s dress up the outside, make things look nice and neat,
Its funny that’s what they do to mummies, while the corpse rots underneath,
Now I ain’t judging I’m just saying be careful of putting on a fake look,
Because there’s a problem if people only know that you’re a Christian by that little section on your facebook
In every other aspect of life you know that logics unworthy
Its like saying you play for the lakers just because you bought a jersey
But see I played this game too; no one seemed to be on to me,
I was acting like church kid, while addicted to pornography.
I’d go to church on Sunday, but on saturday getting faded,
Acting as if I was simply created to have sex and get wasted.
Spend my whole life putting on this façade of neatness,
But now that I know Jesus, I boast in my weakness.
If grace is water, then the church should be an ocean,
Cuz its not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for the broken
I no longer have to hide my failures I don’t have to hide my sin,
Because my salvation doesn’t depend on me, it depends on him.
because when I was Gods enemy and certainly not a fan,
God looked down on me and said, “I want that man!”
Which is so different from religious people, and why Jesus called em fools
Don’t you see hes so much better than just following some rules?
Now let me clarify, I love the church, I love the bible, and I believe in sin
But my question, is if Jesus were here today, would your church let Him in?
Remember He was called a drunkard and a glutton by “religious men”
The Son of God not supported self-righteousness, not now, not then.

Now back to the topic, one thing I think is vital to mention,
How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrums,
One is the work of God one is a man made invention,
One is the cure and one is the infection.
Because Religion says do, Jesus says done.
Religion says slave, Jesus says son,
Religion puts you in shackles but Jesus sets you free.
Religion makes you blind, but Jesus lets you see.

This is what makes religion and Jesus two different clans,
Religion is man searching for God, but Christianity is God searching for man.
Which is why salvation is freely mine, forgiveness is my own,
Not based on my efforts, but Christ’s obedience alone.
Because he took the crown of thorns, and blood that dripped down his face
He took what we all deserved, that’s why we call it grace.
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
He paid for all your sin, and then buried it in the tomb,
Which is why im kneeling at the cross now saying come on there’s room
So know I hate religion, in fact I literally resent it,
Because when Jesus cried It is finished, I believe He meant it.

The video:

Why I wouldn’t burn a Qur’an…

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… Or any other ‘bible’.

From the first moment I had heard about the ‘burning the Qur’an’ crusade, I was heart broken.

As a born-again, Bible-living, Christ-loving Christian, these people posing under the same banner had me upset. More than upset in fact. I shed tears thinking about how these people using Christ as their shield are going to be hurting so many others around the world with this one act.

I’ve been watching Twitter and Facebook and I’ve seen how people are are asking “Where is this God of love?”. I would like to ask this church in Florida the same thing. You see, we are told in the Bible that God is love. Not a God who loves, but IS love. The Word also says that as far as possible we should be peaceful and not stir trouble. These ‘christians’ are doing exactly the opposite.

It boggles my mind as to why they could even fathom that burning a Qur’an will bring glory to God in any way?! And after discussing it with friends and family, I’ve come to the conclusion that these people are misguided and basically, they’re human and are getting it wrong.

Just in the same way that suicide bombers get it wrong, are misguided and completely believe what they doing is right, there are others in other ‘religions’ who get it wrong too.

And no, this is not an excuse and they are not showing the world who Christ really is.

I’ll keep praying and doing my best to show you who this living Jesus really is. I’m not perfect and I’m going to get it wrong too, but I hope that in that process, no-one else gets hurt.

Just as we can’t judge all Muslims because of the Taliban, or how we can’t judge all Catholics because of the priests who molest children, I hope you won’t judge us (and the Christ we serve) because of some misguided people.

Standing on the Rock

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There is a question I often ask. ‘What ON EARTH is happening?!’

It feels like a lot of  people around me are having a tough ‘season’. As we all do.

From sickness to making tough decisions to losing loved ones. It’s so difficult to stand on the side lines and watch. But what can you say when your best friend loses her father-in-law? What can you do besides hug her?

In the midst of all the madness, I’m ever more thankful for my relationship with Christ. Not a make believe, all in my head, mystical kind of relationship but a real, loving, one-on-one relationship.

In a time of madness ‘the Rock’ is ever steady. Always a safe place to hold on to.

Honestly, my relationship with Christ is literally something that makes me *exhale* and know that everything is going to be okay.

If you don’t have that, I’m not sure how you go through tough times….