Friday, December 7, 2007

"What Would Jesus Do?" Is the Wrong Question

From Catholic Pillow Fight, via Christina at RealChoice:

"When someone asks you 'think about what Jesus would do', remember that a valid option is to freak out and turn over tables" -- Unknown


Which prompted me to recall...

A down-to-earth, smart, holy, and funny priest I know once gave a talk in which he said that the ubiquitious WWJD question is quite the *wrong* question for a Christian to ask.

If we want to ask what Jesus would do, we'd have to look at what He did, in fact, do, and emulate it to a "T".

Among (many, many) other things, He grew a beard, became a carpenter, remained single, lived with His Mom until He was 30, and kept kosher.

But that doesn't meant we have to do these things.

The question we should ask is not, "What would Jesus do?" but rather, "What would Jesus want me to do?"

5 comments:

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Yes quite!

Soutenus said...

Great Post!

John Jansen said...

MJPMJ and Soutenus—

Thanks.

Soutenus—

I see from your profile that you have not a few blogs to your name. At which do you blog most frequently?

The Dutchman said...

When she was in first grade, my oldest girl, Nola, was approached by an Evangelical girl (her father was a pastor) showing off her WWJD bracelet. Nola immediately said: "That's stupid! Jesus was a boy and you're not. You should wear a bracelet saying WWMD!"

The girl was baffled, "WWMD?"

"Yeah, what would Mary do!"

John Jansen said...

DM,

Heh!