Are you a Christian? Did you know that “Christian” means “little Christ”? So often, it’s easy to put on a happy face and go to church and act like everything’s perfect, but we all have problems. Even after salvation, we need a Savior–a daily leader in this battle against sin! That leader–that Savior–is Jesus! It can be no other. Church is wonderful, and given to us by God. The Bible is His Word. But if you call yourself a Christian, remember who you’re living for.
A recent poem “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” was created by Jeff Bethke, uploaded to YouTube, and went viral! He presented an honest testimony of his conversion and how he felt about much of what is called “Christianity” or “religion”–the hypocritical, pious, superficial, and social meanings of those words–the ones that have departed from Christ and the Bible–not all religion, and certainly not all Christians.
The video created quite the controversy, and even got an article posted by Huffington Post. Kevin DeYoung, Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, and part of The Gospel Coalition, wrote an excellent article called “Does Jesus Hate Religion? Kinda, Sorta, Not Really,” which breaks apart the poem line by line and compares it to Scripture. It’s very well written, and even Bethke wrote, “I just wanted to say I really appreciate your article man. It hit me hard. I’ll even be honest and say I agree 100%.” But DeYoung didn’t stop there. He contacted Bethke and they exchanged several emails and had several phone conversations, parts of which are recorded in DeYoung’s follow-up blog post.
Are you living for your Leader Jesus today?