"Great!" I think to myself. I love it when my kids want to talk to me or show me something. I was ready . . . as soon as we got home. And guess what? She was right. The video is provocative. So provocative, I thought I would show it below . . . but not without saying a few words first.
First a disclaimer: I probably wouldn't talk about this video on my blog except that at the time of this writing I notice that it has received 16,498,879 hits (Heidi, like me, was one of those millions - nothing I can do about it). So clearly the video has touched a nerve.
Hmm . . . what do I think? Well, at his core - at its most basic level - the content is good. I agree that we must be about Jesus and our relationship with Him. This is our highest calling and is consistent with the Great Commandment:
And you shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
- Mark 12:30
The above being said, I am always less than cheerful when I hear people misuse "religious" language. People say all the time, "I'm not religious. I just love Jesus." And I think to myself, "that's okay. I know what they mean." The truth is, 99% of the time I applaud them for it. However every now and then someone (or something, such as written material in a program) comes along, based on context and tone, that demonstrates an incomplete understanding of faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus did not hate religion. He despised Pharisaical Religion. There's a serious difference, and we need to get our language right. One simple example: James says,
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their affliction,
and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
- James 1:27
I don't see "religion" being castigated in the Bible - only a particular form of it. Unfortunately, it is my belief that the following video only creates mistrust in Christ's Church (despite the young man's saying that he "loves the Church," the tone of the video belies a very low ecclesiology). You may not agree with me, and that's fine, of course. However, a little discussion would be helpful.
One more thing: Didn't Jesus Himself say to Peter, "On this Rock I will l build "My Church?" That's a very "religious" statement, don't you think?