WATCH YOUR WORDING (wee response to religion v Jesus video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IAhDGYlpqY 

So this video that was flew around facebook at an unreal rate gave me a couple of concerns, (though I would trust his intentions and faith)’ it wasn’t as much what was being said it was what he was saying.
“As for religion I hate it, in-fact I literally resent it!”
So lets say someone looks up religion in the dictionary to find out what he’s saying

“Religion; a belief in and worship of a god or gods.”

Is this what he hates? He hates the fact that people will believe in and worship God?
He wants to dump ‘religion’ so he can believe in and worship Jesus as God. Ironic? 

Now I, and I assume most people reading this, will assume that he is talking about ‘false religion’ which is an entirely different thing all together.  ‘False religion’ is leading people up the garden path, a method for power-hungry women and men to control others and manipulate people to deepen their sense of dominating power that they selfishly crave.  

So I would think if viewed in the wrong context this video could be very ‘miss-read’ and perhaps dangerous so thought i’d share a couple of thoughts.
If being ‘religious’ is a response to God’s grace then i love it, and it should be encouraged however if it is to earn God’s grace then i also hate it! The truth is that looking through different eye’s, religion means different things, to some it simply means being part of the church, and to others it means mindless bits of repetition.
I don’t think Jesus came to get rid of either of those! 

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets (old covenant/old testament/torah); I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them (fill it up with meaning, to fulfill what the torah/OT were looking forward to)” Matt 5:17

So if God saves a ‘religious’ person their mindless bit’s of repetition suddenly become full of life!  And i don’t think Jesus wants to say ‘ok your saved now, no need to say your prayer everynight, just when you feel like it!’ that’s not the life Jesus calls his followers to! It’s a life of worship and obedience of following in your own life but also together with other believers! So how does one try to live in proper response to God’s grace without checking his/her action/behavior/belief/mission off others, the only outcome to this, is a regulated church, not a freewilly relationship. Instead being a Jesus follower should be a dedicated relationship assisted by the church. It’s easy to rebel against the system and seems to be popular, but we must make sure we’re not looking for freedom that’s outside the bride/body of Christ.

Standing on Grace

“We all detest hypocrisy, an empty show is just the worst
But blaming religion for contradiction
Is like staring at death, and blaming the hearse.”
Fr. Pontifex http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru_tC4fv6FE&feature=related 

“The seeming honesty and sincerity of this guy and the many Christians who sympathise with what he is saying is admirable. However, it is unfair at all times to completely misrepresent words, and all that they imply, and in doing just that to actually misrepresent the person you say you love.”
Matthew McCracken http://whatsmccracken.tumblr.com/post/15844623663/why-i-am-religious-and-love-jesus-some-thoughts-in?ref=nf 

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jamie on January 21, 2012 at 12:32 am

    well put man, read some good reflections on this from you and matt mccracken both, you got to the crux of it – words are like containers that we can fill up with whatever substance we desire, this guy has filled up the word “religion” with the wrong stuff!! I’ve always thought of authentic religion as those structures which allow us to worship and serve God appropriately, both individually and corporately. The shape of those structures is both shaped by and help’s to shape our relationship with God in Christ, and our understanding of the Scriptures too! Yes, we ought to be critical of religious structures, but we mustn’t fear them. To reject the need of structure altogether is simply ludicrous; to say you hate religion is to enter dangerous territory. I want to know how it’s possible to love and serve Jesus without employing some sort of religious structure? I suspect if we don’t listen to the voice of “traditional religion” we run the risk of being shaped instead by the culture we inhabit – which is itself actually a religion of sorts – and living lives dictated and limited by the structures of the world around us. True religion helps to form counter-culture people, kingdom witnesses. True religion witnesses against the unnamed false-religious structures of our world.

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  2. yeah, true jamie. i would think if people form an anti-religion campaign they will either actually be a member of religion and yet be so used to reaching folk from dead traditional churches that they’ll say that they are not a religion but a relationship, which is miss leading, but which i suspect is why in 1 way i liked the video. or they’ll remove themselves from the churches and become a salvation army, type thing. i don’t know just don’t like it when people be over the top, about this, yes christianity is the only religion in the world where it a regulation of response that’s encouraged not a code of conduct that you have to meet to be accepted.
    “it’s not a religion that makes sense but it’s the only one that gives life!”
    Rich Mullins

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