Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying by Jefferson Bethke

By Jefferson Bethke

A brand new YORK instances BESTSELLER

Abandon lifeless, dry, rule-keeping and embody the promise of being really 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 grew to become 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 adaptation among tooth gritting and beauty, legislations and love, functionality and peace, depression and desire. With fresh candor he delves into the inducement in 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 power and led him down a direction of damaging behavior.

Bethke is fast to recognize that he’s no longer a pastor or theologian, yet easily a standard, twenty-something who cried out for a lifestyles more than the single for which he had settled. alongside his trip, Bethke came across the true Jesus, who beckoned him past the props of fake faith.

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I did, however, state clearly that there was another side of the storythat of the chosen people, Israel. We compromised and agreed to set up a ten-week course that would offer both perspectives. Four of us met separately to plan the course. We drew up a list of names, all of them new to me. I made sure that significant Zionist organizations were represented so they could present Israel's cause in a clear and articulate manner. I also wanted to raise issues about Christian perspectives and responsibilities in this volatile region.

At the same time, my newfound social activism awakened an authentic outlet in the justice and poverty issues facing our community. Page 27 During my urban experience in Newark, we learned there was a need to work on black-Jewish tensions which had peaked during the Newark riots of 1967. We began a dialogue and congregational exchanges with a large Newark synagogue, where the noted Rabbi Joachim Prinz served. With my senior pastor, Dr. Joseph L. Roberts, an outstanding preacher and pastor, we began to build bridges between the two communities.

Gabi is a uniquely qualified and wise student of the troubled political waters of the Middle East as well as of the churches. I tried to learn as much as I could from this leader of Page 14 the regions historic churches who became a mentor and special friend. These exciting developments left little time for research and writing, particularly for someone like myself who leans more toward activism than research. But I began to see that my involvement in the daily events of the Middle Eastern churches and in both the Lebanese and Palestinian-Israeli cases were reshaping my ever changing focus of writing.

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