"What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion?" Jefferson Bethke asks in the opening line of his spoken-word poem, "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus". According to Bethke, his hard-hitting poem is important because we need to "highlight the difference between Jesus and false religion." Hear the incredible poem in the video below:
"In the scriptures Jesus received the most opposition from the most religious people of his day," Bethke explains. "At it's core Jesus' gospel and the good news of the Cross is in pure opposition to self-righteousness/self-justification. Religion is man centered, Jesus is God-centered. This poem highlights my journey to discover this truth"
"Religion either ends in pride or despair," Bethke declares. "Pride because you make a list and can do it and act better than everyone, or despair because you can't do your own list of rules and feel 'not good enough' for God. With Jesus though you have humble confident joy because He represents you, you don't represent yourself and His sacrifice is perfect putting us in perfect standing with God the Father."