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Hate Religion Love Jesus: Trying to Survive in the Wilderness on Cheeseburgers.

A week ago, I watched the hate religion-love Jesus video as soon as “hate religion” started trending on twitter. (Dom Cobb theorized that positive emotion took hold more readily than negative emotion, but this was an instance where he was wrong.) so I watched the hate religion video:

My major problem with it was it assumed that everyone knew what exactly religion was, and what exactly  Jesus meant. It makes Jesus for the modern audience-take out the institution of the church, and just worship Jesus on your own, just like what Micah was trying to do in Judges 18. What this gentlemen’s most inaccurate portrayal of Jesus was that he disdained the church of his day-not true. Jesus criticizes the behavior of the Pharisees, but he tells the disciples to respect him. (Matthew 23.) He also very observant of the temple law.

If we use the word “religion” as sociological term, there would be no reason to find it offensive. But because our culture looks inward to find the meaning of life, any outward turning toward a higher power is frowned upon.

LCMS pastor Jonathan Fisk made a very nuanced, informed response to hate religion-love Jesus video, reflecting on the false dichotomy:

And, while I haven’t listened to it yet, hear Pastor Fisk’s interview on Issues Etc.:


Judge it for yourself.


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