Entertaining Youtube Channel Can Drive to Deeper Faith
Entertainment is what Youtube is all about. Sometimes it is hard to pull away from Vevo music videos or a teenage girl singing about what day of the week it is. Entertainment isn't bad, but when it shifts to simply, shallow and amusing videos, it's not the best use of time.
Jesus was likely very entertaining as he told stories of heaven and roadside robberies. But Jesus never called people to stop thinking, which is what amusement is. Jefferson Bethke's Youtube channel falls more in line with Jesus' view of entertainment, and it is captivating.
Jefferson Bethke's self-titled channel discusses modern issues. His criticisms of religion and legalism are relatable and make the viewers reevaluate their habits.
Bethke's videos are entertaining and take the form of Spoken Word a poetic/rap style. The artistry is brought out in his rhyming, creative locations, and various camera angles. Key words from the poem pop-up on the screen during the video, giving visual emphasis to his work.
Bethke's most popular upload went viral, with 28 million views. It is called Why I hate religion, but love Jesus. He explains his thoughts on a relationship with Jesus, and how it differs from a religion.
These videos are a resource for youth group sharing or Chapel presentations for students. Bethke is not a theologian nor a pastor, so his videos need critical thinking. The videos are however, entertaining, thought provoking, and culturally relevant.