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By Jefferson Bethke

ISBN-10: 1400205409

ISBN-13: 9781400205400

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Abandon useless, dry, rule-keeping and embody the promise of being actually identified and deeply enjoyed.

Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural dialog in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled "Why I Hate faith, yet Love Jesus." The 4-minute video actually turned an in a single day sensation, with 7 million YouTube perspectives in its first forty eight hours (and 23+ million in a year). The message blew up on social-media, triggering an avalanche of responses operating the gamut from inspired to enraged.

In Jesus > faith, Bethke unpacks comparable contrasts that he drew within the poem—highlighting the variation among enamel gritting and beauty, legislations and love, functionality and peace, melancholy and desire. With clean candor he delves into the incentive at the back of his message, starting with the unvarnished story of his personal plunge from the top of a works-based, fake-smile life that sapped his energy and led him down a course of harmful behavior.
Bethke is speedy to recognize that he's now not a pastor or theologian, yet easily a typical, twenty-something who cried out for a lifestyles more than the only for which he had settled. alongside his trip, Bethke found the true Jesus, who beckoned him past the props of fake faith.

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Jesus actually told his disciples they needed to physically follow him, not just sign a card and raise their hands? ”12 We often miss that our “righteous acts” are “filthy” before God. Not just our bad days, but our extremely good days too! Praying, reading the Bible, giving to the poor, and going to church nine times a week? Filthy rags apart from Jesus and his cross. Tell me that isn’t just a little bit controversial. ”13 In that verse God says our good works are no better than a bloody tampon.

After I watched a few acceptance speeches, I noticed each artist was thanking God for the award. I thought, Hmm, never knew any of them to be the religious type. indd 37 7/17/13 2:36 PM JESUS > RELIGION the hip-hop artist who thanks Jesus for winning a Grammy for his song about naked women, Grey Goose, and stacks of money. I’m convinced that every time God hears one of those speeches he gets sick. Sadly, those are two of the most common representations of Jesus that drive many people away. Either people can’t possibly bear to be in the same family as the wacko, or they think Jesus is irrelevant and doesn’t actually change anyone’s life—like the rapper giving the acceptance speech.

Inside I was just a scared little boy who had been deeply insecure his whole life and lived in hopes that others would tell me I was good enough. Of course, none of us would admit it so plainly, and for nineteen years of my life, I wouldn’t have either, but isn’t it true? Why else do we do most of the things we do? My generation is the most fatherless and insecure generation that’s ever lived, and we are willing to sacrifice everything if we just can be told we are loved. If only we knew just how loved we really are.

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