The Controversial Video: Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word by Jefferson Bethke
No matter what your viewpoint on the issue, Jefferson Bethke’s little YouTube pebble has stirred an overwhelming hurricane and has been viewed ( as of 5/27/13) 25,023,180 times since it was first uploaded some time last year.
What I personally found quite fascinating was the sheer number of venomous comments found below the video. Comments stemming from both sides of the divide! I pondered, what it is about this guy and what he is saying, that brought all these commentators to a boil? Perhaps, the real question would be, what was already simmering within them to make his words have such a violent effect.
Furthermore, what is it that has also spurred the hundreds of response videos that have been uploaded since. Responses coming from individuals of just about every walk of faith or worldview you can think of off the top of your head.
Jefferson himself did not expect the viral reaction that occurred. In the January 2012 article in the Christian Post, written by Erin Sun, Jefferson says, “If I can be brutally honest I didn’t think this video would get much over a couple thousand views maybe, and because of that, my points/theology wasn’t as air-tight as I would’ve liked.”