First up, the now viral video Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus

And then a comment from my friend Milo Curtis:

It seems that dumping on “religion” is in vogue right now. Which I find annoying. Instead of dumping on religion, what if we tried to recapture its intent. I think it’s a miss if we ask, “Is religion good or bad?” I think the better question is, “What’s the aim of your religion?” James 1:26-27 says, “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

To me, religion is nothing more than a way of organizing our thoughts, beliefs, and priorities so that we can live a life in pursuit of Jesus. If that goes astray, then it’s the nature of our religion that should be challenged, not necessarily the idea of religion.

Thoughts?

And then a couple more food for thought pieces:
Why I Don’t Like the Gospel vs. Religion Distinction
“Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” – The False Dichotomy