Check out the two videos below!  The first, “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus”  has become really popular in Christian circles, and there’s been a ton of Youtube responses, ranging from the atheist “Why I Hate Religion, and Hate Jesus, Too”, to a bikini clad girl’s version of “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus”.  The original, written by 22 year old Jefferson Bethke, has quickly become a theme for younger evangelicals.

I’ve seen a lot of responses, but the second video featured here, “Why I love Religion, and Love Jesus”, is a really well-thought out response from a Catholic perspective…by far the best response I’ve seen.

There’s an unrest, a sentiment among some Christians that calls for a dislike of  “organized religion”…the church.  Scripture teaches us, though, that “Christ loves the church, and gave himself for her…” (Ephesians 5:25).  In the words of Derek Webb, “If you love Him, you must love the church”.  There really is no scriptural context for Christianity outside of community.  Yes, throughout the centuries, there have been believers who were called to solitary living (see Desert Fathers), but if you really examine their lives, you see that these men were teachers, mentors, and spiritual guides for countless souls.  They may have lived solitary lives, but their faith was lived out in community.  And that community, with all its beauty and scars and pain and hope, is called the church.

I’ve heard lots of thoughts on the first video…Let me know what you think about the second!