What would Jesus do? We have all seen the bracelets and we have all heard this question. For some people it is a joke but for others it is an actual question that they ask themselves daily. But do they really know, what would Jesus do?
Tori ran the meeting today. She is an amazing person and is part of the leadership team, but I will let her introduce herself in future blog post. We started the night with the question, what would a life look like if everyone knew exactly what Jesus wanted them to do? Most answers from the group was that the world would be perfect. Although this is true, having God here would make it a lot easier especially him telling us yes and no right to our face but we also have to consider, what does Jesus want you to do in your life specifically? What purpose does he have for you?
Next thing we did was split into small groups. We read a satire article by Rick Mooney about a mom that gives her son a WWJD bracelet and she tells him use this to make all of your decisions. The boy took that bracelet to heart, he became friends with prostitutes, hung out with the sinners, went to church and tore down the book shelf, overturned the tables, threw the cash register out the window, and chased the pastor out of the church saying he was turning Gods house into a den of thieves, and even worse that, while the mother was protesting an abortion clinic she saw him comforting a woman that just had an abortion and said to the protesters, “you who are without sin throw the first stone!” The mother decided she needed to do something about this so she gave him a new bracelet that said WWAPD, what would a Pharisee do? And after using that bracelet he became a dedicated tither, a public prayer warrior, a condemner of sinners and has a great reputation as a godly young man among religious people. The mother is now happy and wishes Jesus would take note of her son’s good behavior and follow in his example.
If you were to act like the first son with the WWJD bracelet, what would people think of you? Is there a line that gets crossed when acting as Jesus acted? Someone in the group said that there would be a lot of negative press for Christianity if we acted that way. But then we need to ask ourselves when did the world’s view of us become more important than how God wants us to live our lives? The conclusion my small group came up with is that we need to do all things with good intentions. To talk about your faith and beliefs but make sure it is out of love not out of pride or anger.
Now I am also not saying to go to your local church and flip the tables over but to really ask yourself what Jesus would actually do. And personally I think Jesus would hate the sins and love the sinner. And a Pharisee would condemn the sinner. So who do you want to be? What would your bracelet say? Would it say WWJD or WWAPD?
My name is Carly Smith and I am on the leadership team for FIGHT club. I help with making sure people write meetings, and making sure everyone knows what we talk about. I will be writing most of these posts on meetings that we have, but every now and again there will be a guest blogger. Please tell us what you think. I hope you enjoy:)