In my youth I did some time embracing the “I love Jesus but not religion,” thing, but ultimately, it was unsatisfying; it felt like a glass half-full, and moreover it was way “too easy.” And it didn’t make sense to me, because Jesus clearly liked religion, himself — he was an observant Jew and when he healed people he told them to go to the priest, and do what Moses commanded.
Then again, I’ve always loved the sacrament of confession, too, so clearly I feel better when I have to face up to things in real time. I don’t like it. But I feel better when I have to do it. If that makes sense.
So, there is this video going around and it’s creating quite a storm between the Catholics and Evangelical youths.
Regular readers know I am no apologist–it’s one scuffle I don’t cotton to–but plenty of others relish the battle, among them young Marc Barnes (the brilliant scrapper of a Bad Catholic) and he all but holds up the sword and cries “battle!” ala John Travolta in Michael before wading into the thick of things:
It’s worth beginning with this: I agree with this guy on a lot of points. He reminds us Catholics of a striking truth; that without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, religion is a joke. He speaks the truth that Christ died for all sins, once and for all. . . . nevertheless, there are two main problems with this video. 1. Jesus Christ would strongly disagree with it. That is to say, the creator of this video is very, very wrong. 2. He’s very, very wrong with some great video editing, good background music, a strong emotional appeal, catchy rhyme, and all in relatively well-timed YouTube moment . . . but rebut I must, for it is the duty of the Catholic to resist fashion and fads, no matter how unfashionable he looks doing it.
Marc then wastes no time getting down to it, and it really can’t be excerpted, you have to read the whole thing, yourself.
Marcel LeJeune, over at Mary’s Aggies also rebuts the video. And is worth reading.
Oh, it’s going to be a tussle. But “we know all things work to the glory of God…” Let us pray!