Is Jesus > Religion? (Bonus Video)

I ran across this early this morning. I watched it, then I re-watched it. I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I think there are some really great sentiments in here and I think the true message and teachings of religion are clear – but I have a really hard time when someone uses “Jesus” and “Hate” in the same sentence.

Watch this for yourself and I’d love to know what you think?

3 responses to “Is Jesus > Religion? (Bonus Video)”

  1. I get what he’s saying, but it seems that in trying to be cool and rhyme, he’s oversimplified much. For one thing, for the most part he contrasts religion and Jesus, and then half way through he slips up and contrasts religion and Christianity. Oops. Furthermore, there is no Biblical evidence that Jesus hated religion…his mother found her teenaged son in the temple teaching, after all. There is only evidence that he hated hypocrisy. Don’t we all.

    • Admittedly, I do not know much about the actuality of religion & Jesus. I just know what I’ve experienced. I really do find the entire video perplexing. Though, I think what he’s done with the lyrical representation of his statement is quite amazing. If you don’t concentrate on the message and just the flow. Good Measure. 🙂

  2. There’s so much to say about this that I don’t know where to start, but I’m going to attempt NOT to write a novel in your comment section. 🙂

    I’ve watched this video three times now and while there are things that I disagree with in this video, the phrase that I keep hearing when I shut it off is, “Religion says ‘do.’ Jesus says ‘done.’”

    For me–as a pastor’s daughter/granddaughter/niece/grandniece who works in full-time ministry–religion is complete and total bondage. It wrapped me up in chains. There was no way I could ever BE enough, DO enough. No matter how many times I went to church, taught Sunday school, prayed, read the Bible, it was never enough. I was always inferior, lacking, and ashamed. I never measured up to SOMEBODY’S standard because “religion” is about DOING it all right. It’s impossible. I tried, my whole life, and it almost killed me.

    But Jesus says, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life…” (That’s Matthew 11:28ish, in The Message)

    I WAS tired. EXHAUSTED. But He didn’t care. He just wanted Sarah. He doesn’t care that I’m moody, prone to depression, selfish, annoying, intense, over-sensitive. He doesn’t care that I’ve screwed up. He doesn’t care that I screw up every day. He just cares that at the end of the day, I’m His. With Jesus, I don’t have to DO. I can just BE. And realizing that gave me something I’d never had before– LIFE. And that didn’t come from religion. That came from Jesus.

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