It may not surprise you that, as a minister of an institution that is pleased to trace its roots back to the beginning, the recent ‘hate religion, love Jesus’ youtube phenomenon has made me a tad uncomfortable – I agree but I still love the Church with all her failures: one of the amazing things Jesus brings is HOPE, especially in the face of death.
This chap has written a really helpful post about it all (there’s a link for the video in question – and a helpful response – embedded in the article if you haven’t seen it yet). He writes,
it isn’t religion as such that is the enemy, but myopic, oppressive, fear-driven, legalistic and self-satisfied religion that the Hebrew Bible and New Testament voices alike take dead aim at.
I reckon we could all say ‘Amen’ to that!