"What Would Jesus
of the Question.
||There has been a trend begun, implying (and
sometimes coming right out and saying) that the Christian life has to do
with asking oneself this allegedly spiritually-minded question.
Before examining the contra-biblical nature of this twisted thought,
perhaps we do well to examine the question itself at face value. First
off, why do those who portend to profess the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior
so easily refer to Him as if he is a cab driver in Tijuana or a minor
league infield prospect playing in the winter leagues?
Nowhere in the Scriptures do we find the apostles or other disciples
referring to Him as other than "Lord." So what's up with this
commonly used first-name-basis for the Lord of Glory and the King of the
Heavens and Earth?
What's up with it is blasphemy. So, it's no surprise that what it
ends up being is some new way to sell Christian youth bracelets,
watches, T-Shirts, and other paraphernalia that actually work against
the faith while making merchandise (and merchandisers) of God's people.
|The Futility of
||But it is not merely the surface features
of the question - and its casual treatment of the name of the Lord Jesus
Christ - that is the problem. The thought behind the question is also a
conception of ignorance AND presumption, the very sort of people from
which David sought to be protected (Psalm 19:13).
Recommending to people that they should ask themselves this question
implies they know the answer. Almost always, they do not. And when you
examine the answers people speculatively give, they are almost always in
error about what the Lord Jesus Christ DID do. What has resulted from
this "movement" (wind of doctrine) has been a new army of
people totally ignorant of the Scriptures blathering about "I think
Jesus would do this," or, "I'm sure Jesus would not say that
Be sure of this, the Lord Himself never commanded us to regard our
fallen selves as having His infallible Mind. It is amazing how easily
even Christians fail to recall that the Lord Jesus Christ always knew
all things at all times in his life. They also fail to recall that
He is ever always very God of very God and thought and did what
we could never imagine nor hope to do.
For instance, in the face of 5,000 men (not to mention women and
children) what he would do and DID do is feed them by miraculously
multiplying food in their sight. The
Scriptures teach that we are His FRIENDS if we do what He commands us to
do, not if we do what we think He would do.
of the Answer.
||Undaunted, those who seize this trite
saying allow themselves to speculate in their own thoughts, finding it preferable
to meditating on God through His Word. It's arrogance, no doubt
cloaked in self-attributed humility. But it's easier (lazier) than
studying the Scriptures to discover what His commands are.
Because if one studies the Scripture, one would readily find that the
Lord Jesus Christ did not serve Himself, just as we should not serve
ourselves. However, Christians SHOULD serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and
our example as a servant of Christ is the apostle Paul, the
proto-typical sinner. Therefore, often, the question is not the one
above, but "What would Paul do?"
In any case, the answer to what we should do is in the Scriptures, not
our own minds.
||Humble faith is what is required. Humble
faith is neither speculative, nor doubtful. It is assured and confident.
The humility is what leads someone to read the Scriptures, and receive
the instruction therein.
||The writer of this brief
exposition is now in Kenya, East Africa. The country is littered with
bracelets, tee shirts, headbands, and hats with "WWJD" on
them, having been sold to a naive but otherwise spiritually hungry
people. The paraphernalia is especially spread among young people who,
if they saved their money, could buy a decent English language Bible
which would not mislead them.
Just like the screwballs (Paul Crouch,
Benny Hinn, etc) on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network), this form of
"Christianity" is dealing true ministers of God's Word fits