This video is blowing up, it’s all over Facebook and the internets. Yes, I said internets. I understand what he is trying to relay, and I give that idea resounding AMEN, but the language of “hate” towards “religion” is discomforting to me. Where does James 1:27 fit in the hatred towards “religion?” I think it would have been better phrased if he would have used “self righteousness / justification” but that wouldn’t have rhymed as much… If what he is trying to relay is that institutionalized rules that give false hope of justification then I’m all for it. I’m a bit confused and think it’s misleading to throw in the whole republican thing, but that’s another tangent.
I’ll leave you with this: I’m thankful for this video and pray that it gives God glory and that people come to Jesus because of it, but I think we should be more critical about the language that we use. If we fall under his presupposition than James was wrong for writing, “pure and undefiled religion is caring for widows and orphans in their distress.”