The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Message merits going viral

Faith community gathers in love to serve neighbors

It went viral in a matter of hours and now has been viewed more than 17 million times. What piques the interest of so many?

It is a YouTube video titled "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus." It brings to mind a distinction people often make between being spiritual but not religious.

As I hear that self-description and watch the video, I wonder about what is behind such a rigid distinction.

Do not get me wrong. It is encouraging to hear the young man in the video describe his love for Jesus. It did make me think about how it is not always easy for me to love and follow Jesus.

It may be easy to love the Jesus who healed the sick, sat at tables with sinners, gathered children in his arms and blessed them, fed the 5,000, wept with Mary and Martha, raised Lazarus from the dead and calmed the storm.

Yes, we love the Jesus who said, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep" (John 10:11).

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