Follow Up to the Jefferson Bethke Video, “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus”

Jefferson Bethke’s video has now been viewed over 18 million times on YouTube.  In a recent New York Times column, David Brooks points out that when the video was critiqued,

“Bethke responded in a way that was humble, earnest and gracious, and that generally spoke well of his character. He also basically folded.”

I was as dismayed when Bethke capitulated as I was encouraged when I first saw the video.  The video was about distinguishing Jesus from religion.  It was a point clearly worth making.

Most of the critiques of the video I have seen are defenses of organized religion, Christian or otherwise.  I wish Bethke had stuck to his guns.  In his defense, he is a young man and his elders gave him bad advice.  I pray that he’ll be redeemed from his doubts and restored to the faith that led him to write the poem in the first place.

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