I recently met a guy wearing one of those “WWJD” wrist bands that were all the rage years ago. It made me think not “What Would Jesus Do?” but what is he thinking about our world today. In the United States, we pride ourselves on being the protectors of the oppressed and persecuted. “in God We Trust” and “The Home of the Brave” are national slogans. Yet the news of the last few weeks gives you pause as to what we are doing with our lives. And you have to wonder what Jesus thinks about the lives he gave hIs life for some 2,000 years ago.
The media coverage of the Penn State crisis is focused way too much on the NCCA sentence, the future of Penn State football, and Joe Paterno’s legacy. Instead, the focus should be on the children destroyed by this travesty and how we can let this happen all across our country—not just in “Happy Valley”—day in and day out. Children are being abused all the time and we know what Jesus would do because we know what he actually did do.
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16
A troubled young man shoots up a movie theater and we turn it into a debate about gun control legislation. The focus shouldn’t be on politics or policy. It should first be on why someone so troubled can slip through the cracks of society without anyone caring. And, secondly, it should be on why we need so many guns in this country. We don’t need to legislate against guns—we simply need to put them down. Once again we know what Jesus would do because we know what He did do.
“Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” Matthew 26:52
I could go on and on with current news stories of abductions and killings in this country, and the world standing by while Syrian citizens are slaughtered. As a backdrop, we have two men running for the most powerful position in the world and all they can do is spew negative attacks at each other.
What would Jesus do? As he did do, He would command us to love in looking to others, not ourselves. Then, he would ask you if you are turning the other cheek when someone hits you. He would ask you if you are crossing the road to help someone in need. He would ask you if you judge others before you examine your own life. He would ask you if you are returning five or tenfold the “talents” that God gave you, or simply keeping them buried. He would ask you if you let doubt get in the way of faith, a faith that empowers you to move mountains. He would ask you if you are making a difference in your world as he made a difference in his.
What would Jesus do? The Bible tells us that. What is Jesus thinking? LISTEN and he will tell you. You just have to give him some time.