_ It’s no secret; I am not a big fan of clichés.  And it appears that distain has no bounds.  Whether it has to do with money, relationships, success, sports, or even Christianity, I often cringe when I hear one of those timeless catch phrases that everyone loves.  Now is the time when I should probably give examples.  But to be perfectly honest, most of them annoy me too much to even type them.

This becomes a problem for me at church.  There are phrases people say all the time that really seem to lift people up or reveal spiritual truths that cannot otherwise be disclosed.  One such cliché often comes in some form of this:  It’s not about religion, it’s about a relationship. 

I get the sentiment.  Christianity is more about your relationship with Jesus than about a system of beliefs and ritualistic practices.  I could not agree more.  Not only do I agree, I think it is a vital part of ministry to undo many of the misconceptions about our “religion” that prevent non-believers from being receptive to the “relationship.”  However, I wish there was a better way to say it.  I wish there were several ways to say it so people would not become numb to hearing it. 

Earlier this week, my wish was granted.  I saw some friends posting a video on Facebook called “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.”  I figured it was one of those hokey YouTube videos that somebody made in their mom’s basement, so I passed over it at first.  As I saw more and more friends sharing it, I decided to check it out on my lunch break.  Let me tell you, the folks over at ChiselSeason.com have created an outstanding video production that cuts to the heart of what Christians have been trying to say for a long time. 

Instead of me going into the details of what they said and completely messing it up, I will plead with you to take four minutes and watch the video below.  I have watched it several times, and something different jumped out at me each time.  You will be blessed and challenged.

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