WDJD? – from Rachel Starr Thompson

After my attempts to put life in shoe leather recently, I find that Rachel Starr Thompson has done a better job with it.

… Back in my teen years, “What would Jesus do?” was the catchphrase that identified the in-crowds of young Christendom. We wore “WWJD?” on our wrists, around our necks, and on our backpacks. But I never confessed how much the question frustrated me. … read the rest at Boundless Webzine.

I have to agree with Rachel.  The question of what Jesus did is much more helpful than the question of what He would do.  It’s much easier to imitate what we know He did than first to imagine what His response today would be and then to imitate the imagination.

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2 Comments on “WDJD? – from Rachel Starr Thompson”

  1. a.w. marks Says:

    The difference in the questions is that we’re not tempted to ascertain how Christ and culture mix when we look at scripture itself to know His heart. If we get the impression that we must present Light differently or with accommodation in the 21st century, we fail to recognize that Jesus was countercultural in His day… what makes us think He would be any less today?

    Sharing Christ with the world will continue to look the same in every time and place throughout history: loving through the overflow of the Father, meeting the needs of the poor in spirit and broken hearted, and pursuing holiness as a pure motivation of a heart for God (rather than completing a checklist to lift ourselves). Because we know how Christ lived, and have been given the blessing of the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth, asking the hypothetical question only serves to confuse. Praise God that He allows us to approach Him unveiled by offering the Perfect Intercessor!


    • As usual, you have an unerring nose for the crux of the matter. Because Christ and the prevailing culture have pretty much never mixed, trying to accommodate any century’s culture clouds the issues. By asking “What Did Jesus Do” instead, we are better able to be the countercultural peculiar people He calls us to be.

      Jesus was indeed countercultural, and that drove the leaders of the better society crazy just like countercultural Christians drive society crazy today. Can we expect any different? He warned us that they would hate us because they hate Him!

      Based on my reading of Sheldon’s book, from which the original question came, the point of both questions is for us to act as Christ would, but the original question leaves something to be desired. I think WDJD, while it isn’t as clear that you’re trying to do as He did, asks a better question because it focuses on Christ more, whereas the other question muddies the waters by trying to accommodate the current circumstances to what we know of Christ.

      As always, I love anything that points me toward Christ!

      Thanks for your insight, Anthony!


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