A Catholic responses to Love Jesus, Hate Religion vid

We need an Orthodox response to this as well but here’s a well done response by a Catholic priest to the Love Jesus, Hate Religion video I posted about last week (here).

In Christ,

+Fr Gregory

Lyrics:

What if I told you that Jesus loves religion
And that by his coming as man he brought his religion to fruition
See this had to be addressed, the use of illogical terms and definitions
You clearly have a heart for Jesus but its fueling atheistic opinions
See what makes his religion great is not errors of wars and inquisitions
It’s that broken men and women to participate in his mission
Clearly Jesus says I have not come to abolish
I came to fulfill the law and I came to fulfill the prophets (Matthew 5:17)
And lines about building big churches and tending to the poor
Sounds a bit like Judas when the perfume was being poured (John 12:5)
See His religion is the largest worldwide source of relief
For the poor, the hungry, the sick and repentant thief
Oceans of compassion, opening wide the doors
For single mothers, widows and orphans, married and divorced (James 1:27)
We all detest hypocrisy, and empty show is just the worst
But blaming religion for contradiction
Is like staring at death, and blaming the hearse.
See the teacher will teach when the students are ready to listen
But those that choose to sit in the pews and refuse the good news
Is not the fault of religion. 
And If I have the Jersey and I’m playing for the Bulls
There’s going to be some boundaries, regulations and some rules.
You can’t have Christ without his Church; you can’t have the King without his Kingdom
Sins of the Body and internal treason will never ever make me leave him
And that Jesus said it is done, is absolutely true
But he also gave us a mission with many things to DO.
Jesus says if you love me, you will Do what I command. (JN 15:14)
Go and Baptize in the name of the Father, Son & Spirit in Every Land. (MT 28:19)
And on the night he was betrayed he took his men in the Upper Room
Take at eat this is my body take and drink my blood for you.
A New covenant you see, an act connected to the tree,
Do this time and time again in Memory of Me. (Mt 26:26-28)
And at last with crown of thorns beaten beyond comprehension
His eyes were looking for yours and mine; it was divine, no human invention.
So as for religion I love it, I have one because Jesus rose from the dead and won.
I believe When Jesus said IT IS FINISHED, His religion had just begun. 

Fr. Claude (Dusty) Burns
Aka Pontifex

You can go to the Youtube page and see some of the other responses. 

 

h/t Fr Philip, OP, Domine, da mihi hanc aquam!

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  • David Dickens

    http://roadsfromemmaus.org/2012/01/12/why-i-love-true-religion-because-i-love-jesus/
    An Orthodox response.

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    • http://palamas.info/ Fr Gregory Jensen

      Thanks David.

      I read the response and the content is quite good. The challenge–at least as I see it–is how to communicate the Orthodox response in a way that would be comprehensible to the folks who liked the first video. I thought the priest in the video I posted did an effective job both in content and style in how he responded. Can (should?) Orthodox offer a response similar in style to the original video?

      As an example, I think Steve Robinson did a good job with his video about the Orthodox understanding of salvation (http://pithlessthoughts.blogspot.com/2011/02/orthodox-view-of-salvation-video.html).

      Your thoughts are welcome!

      In Christ,

      +FrG

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      • David Dickens

        I like Steve and I appreciate his work on the video. I see where you look to the medium to be helpful. If I were to make such a video, it would be worthy of plenty of criticism, so I won’t bother deconstructing Steve’s.

        I will say, one of the things Steve’s video does that I appreciate is that it makes absolutely no pretense of being, as they say, “hip”. I do not think we need to pursue what is called “relevance” to achieve “comprehension”. 

        If wooing has any place in either apologia or evangelism, it should be only as an intimate act among a few. Mass produced attempts have always struck me as self-defeating.

        In other words, priests should not rap, or do other silly things such as wear sunglasses (unless the sun is in their eyes and they are trying to safely operate a motor vehicle).

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  • Verlyn

    Listen to this response.  God does not want us to abolish Religion.

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