I recently, thanks to a Facebook friend, discovered this article in the Huffington Post. Here is the link but I am going to print the whole thing here so it will be easier to reference, besides it is pretty short.
Once upon a time, a mother made her son a wristband. On it was written: WWJD? This, of course stood for: “What Would Jesus Do?” She instructed her son to look at the wristband before making decisions on how to live his Christian life.
A week later she was shocked to see that her son had become friends with prostitutes, was hanging out with ‘sinners’ — even buying people who were already drunk yet another round of beers!
Worse still, he had walked into their church the previous Sunday and tore down the book store, overturned the tables and threw the cash register through the window, he then made a whip and chased the pastor out of the building, declaring he was turning God’s house into a den of thieves.
Most shocking was what happened when his mother went to picket the local abortion clinic. To her embarrassment, her son was also there, but he was standing with the women who just had an abortion, and yelled at the protesters: “You who are without sin, throw the first stone!”
The mother was very distressed, but fortunately she found a solution to this terrible problem. She made another wristband, this time it read: WWAPD? This, she explained to her son, stood for: “What Would A Pharisee Do?” She took the old WWJD? wristband and burned it.
Since her son has been wearing the new wristband, looking at it to help him make his decisions, he has become a dedicated tither, a public prayer warrior, an active condemner of ‘sinners,’ a passionate defender of the Old Covenant law, and has a great reputation as a godly young man amongst other religious people.
Needless to say, the mother is very happy now. She only wishes Jesus would take notice and follow her son’s good example.
Now this is a fairy tale but it is designed to illustrate a point. That point being that if we really to ask the question about ‘what would Jesus do?’ based on what Jesus actually did there would be some troubling answers to that question. The author of this article points out a few.
1. Jesus indeed was accused of being a friend to prostitutes and sinners. He was accused a couple of times about this habit he had of spending time with ‘the sick who needed a physician’. He did not fear to rub shoulders with people who did not have faith or who the religious people of his day deemed as sinners. I don’t know if Jesus engaged in buying people another round but it seems that his issue was more about ministering to them than passing judgment on them.
2. I have a strong feeling that Jesus would look at our modern churches and wonder who thee real God is – God or gold. I mean if we really believe a teaching will revolutionize people’s lives then why are we not making an effort to get it into all their hands or on their smart phones for free or offer it at cost so we make nothing. I am not sure he would like the fact we have business under the same roof as a place of worship. I am pretty sure the coffee houses and book stores would have to go.
3. Jesus was very much a friend to sinful women. He often defended them, was not afraid to touch them or be touched by them. He was more compassionate to them than the culture that condemned them. I am not sure Jesus would support abortion but I am pretty sure he would support the women who have had them with some form of compassionate ministry. He would not have fought abortion with picket lines but by showing his compassion to women who might be considering one. He also would indeed point out to them that sin is universal and so condemning others for sin while ignoring your own pretty much is hypocrisy.
I could add to this list by pointing out that Jesus was not particularly politically active. He did not advocate the overthrow of the Roman government but worked within the freedoms it gave. He did not spend his time with petitions, picket lines or other social activism. His work was to tell people the good news and actually act on their behalf for their benefit and not his own. He respected people enough to let them live as they wished but loved them enough to try to teach them to follow a better way.
If only we would do as Jesus did.