“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.