This video of a 22-year-old man named Jefferson Bethke went viral for a reason — reasons that had nothing to do with your creed or lackthereof. This is a man who managed to articulately and concisely give insight into his own religious virtues while challenging you to question your own. I myself am not a member of any religious denomination, the fact is you don’t have to be for Bethke’s spoken word poetry to deeply resonate with you, and maybe even change your perspective on the notion of God, Jesus, man and religion.
The night Jefferson Bethke, 22, posted his ‘Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus’ video on YouTube, he made a bet with his roommates about how many views the video would get by morning. ‘The lowest bet was 1,000 and the highest bet was 6,000,’ Bethke said in an interview. By the time Bethke woke up the next day, the video had more than 100,000 views. Eight days after the video posted, it has been watched more than 14 million times.
[via Washington Post]
To see someone of Bethke’s age, talent and I’ll say it, good looks, addressing organized religion and speak about it so profoundly is astonishing. The fact that not only Bethke has created something like this but that so many millions have been captivated by his words and driven by their own questions and skepticism is incredible, especially among members of his generation.
How do you feel about what Bethke is saying in this video? What is your perspective as a religious or non-religious individual?