Jefferson Bethke on Loving Jesus but Doubting Religion

In January 2012, 22-year-old Tacoma, Wash. resident Jefferson Bethke posted a recorded performance of his poem "Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus" on YouTube. It was an overnight internet sensation, garnering more than 18 million hits and coverage in national publications and broadcast outlets. In this Odyssey Networks interview filmed at his church in Seattle, Bethke explains why he felt compelled to make public his view on modern religion, and defends himself against some of the criticisms lodged against his poem.

Check out the ON Scripture article that highlights this video: John 20:19-31: Thomas > Doubt

April 11th, 2012 11:39 am

I was blown away by this young man's theology. Jefferson, you are a witness to what Jesus came to earth to tell us. I've been saying for some time what my own pastor told us, "Going to worship in church we must remember it's not about us, it's about God." Too many people haven't gotten that message and are still showing up to show off or to at least just warm a pew.
"Judge not, lest you be judged" is another reminder that we don't know the mind of God and shouldn't claim to have the final word on scripture. Scripture after all has been translated from more than one language and wasn't originally written in King James English.
I also like to think my Jesus is an inclusive Jesus as Jefferson is claiming as well.

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