Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus, Spoken Word, Jefferson Bethke
What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion,
What if I told you voting Republican really wasn’t his Mission
What if I told you Republican doesn’t automatically mean Christian,
And just because you call some people blind doesn’t automatically give you vision.
I mean if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?
Why does it build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor?
Tells single mom’s God doesn’t love them if they’ve ever had a divorce,
But in the Old Testament God actually calls religious people whores.
Religion might preach grace, but another thing they practice,
Tend to ridicule God’s people, they did it to John the Baptist.
They can’t fix their problems and so they just mask it,
not realizing religion is like spraying perfume on a casket.
See the problem with religion is it never gets to the core,
It’s just behaviour modification like a long list of chores.
Like let’s dress up the outside make it look all nice and neat,
It’s funny that’s what they used to do with mommy’s while the corpse rots underneath.
Now I ain’t judgin I’m just sayin quit puttin on a fake look,
Cause there’s a problem if people only know you’re a Christian by your Facebook.
I mean in every other aspect of life you know that logics unworthy,
It’s like saying you play for the Lakers just because you bought a Jersey.
See this was me too but no one seemed to be on to me,
Acting like a church kid while addicted to pornography.
See on Sunday I’d go to church by Saturday getting faded,
Acting as if I was simply created to just have sex and get wasted.
You see I spent my whole life building this facade of neatness.
But now that I know Jesus I boast in my weakness.
Because if grace is water then the church should be an ocean,
It’s not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for the broken.
Which means I don’t have to hide my failure I don’t have to hide my sin,
Because it doesn’t depend on me, it depends on Him
You see because when I was an enemy and certainly not a fan,
He looked down and said, “I Want that Man”
Which is why Jesus hated religion and for it He called them fools,
Don’t you see it’s so much better than just following some rules?
Now let me clarify, I love the church I love the Bible and yes I believe in sin,
But if Jesus came to your church would they actually let Him in?
See remember He was called a glutton and a drunkard by religious men,
But the so,me of God never supports self righteousness not now, not then.
Now back to the point one thing is vital to mention,
How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrum’s.
See one’s the work of God and ones a man made invention,
See one is the cure, the other is the infection.
See because Religion says do Jesus says done,
Religion says Slave Jesus says Son.
Religion puts you on bondage while Jesus sets you free,
Religion makes you blind but Jesus makes you see.
And that’s why religion and Jesus are two different clans,
Religion is man searching for God, Christianity is God searching for man.
Which is why salvation is freely mine and forgiveness is my own,
Not based on my merits but Jesus’ obedience alone.
Because He took the crown of thorns and the blood dripped down His face,
He took what we all deserved I guess that’s why you call it grace.
And while being murdered He yelled “Father forgive them they know not what they do”,
Because when he was cancelling on that cross He was thinking of you.
And He absorbed all your sin then He buried it in the tomb,
While kneeling at the cross saying “Come on there’s room”
So for religion no I hate it, in fact I literally resent it
Because when Jesus said “It Is Finished” I believe that He meant it.
Poem by: Jefferson Bethke