Jesus vs religion
My dad sent me a link to this “Why I hate religion, but love Jesus” vid on youtube . Tens of millions of people have watched it in the last 35 days, but until now I wasn’t one of them. Loved it. He’s probably not right on every little thing but he’s a young dude and the spirit of what he’s saying is right on.
There is a singer/songwriter named Derek Webb who has written a few (imo) *great* songs (and several…not so much). I have one of his live albums and between some of the songs he talks about what made him write the song, or who it was written for, etc. During one of these he starts talking (preaching!) about community and being real with each other in the church. I bring it up in relation to this video because it touches on some of the same themes as far as religion vs Jesus (emphasis on legalism and appearances/pretending, avoidance of sin, etc instead of fully honest and vulnerable relationship that leads to true freedom and joy or if you want more “religious” terms repentance—>forgiveness—>righteousness). Anyway, I found a transcript of it here.
Small portion: “But if you know yourself as exposed by the cross, then I believe you will begin to experience true joy. Because you will not constantly be looking over your shoulder all the time – constantly checking the knots in this great suit of fig leaves that you’ve sewn for yourself. But rather, you will be comfortably exposed in your sin and boasting in your great Savior because he is real.”
Here is some more from a different track on the same album. If you want to check his music I would start with his “She must and shall go free” album or download “lover” and “wedding dress” from that album, 99 cents a song for some great stuff.