By Jefferson Bethke
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Abandon lifeless, dry, rule-keeping and embody the promise of being actually recognized and deeply loved.
Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural dialog in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled “Why I Hate faith, yet Love Jesus.” The 4-minute video actually turned an in a single day sensation, with 7 million YouTube perspectives in its first forty eight hours (and 23+ million in a year). The message blew up on social-media, triggering an avalanche of responses working the gamut from inspired to enraged.
In Jesus > Religion, Bethke unpacks related contrasts that he drew within the poem—highlighting the adaptation among tooth gritting and style, legislations and love, functionality and peace, melancholy and wish. With fresh candor he delves into the inducement at the back of his message, starting with the unvarnished story of his personal plunge from the head of a works-based, fake-smile life that sapped his power and led him down a direction of harmful behavior.
Bethke is fast to recognize that he’s no longer a pastor or theologian, yet easily a standard, twenty-something who cried out for a existence more than the single for which he had settled. alongside his trip, Bethke came upon the real Jesus, who beckoned him past the props of fake religion.
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