This is part two of my reflection on Encounter from last Sunday. The initials "WWJD" are immediately recognisable for most Christians thanks to rather successful marketing. I think that is helpful to stop and reflect on Christ-like responses to situations we face in our daily lives, but perhaps it is possible to overdo it. There is the "What would Jesus Eat" cookbook. How about "What would Jesus drive?" Click here for a website that uses this catchy slogan to support Christian environmental responsibilities. I agree with the principle of creation care and responsible stewardship, but this way of looking at it amused me. (Now what would Jesus have driven? Would Jesus have gone for a hybrid car, a big people mover [for all the disciples], or maybe he would have caught buses and trains)…
Andrew McGowan has this to say about the "what would Jesus do" phenomenon:
"And that religionless Jesus himself, supposedly above history and culture, always becomes the mirror image of the era’s own cultural values. ‘What would Jesus do?’ ends up as something like a nice and thoughtful version of ‘What my friends and I would probably like to do anyway’."
Truly living in the way that Jesus lived is radical and counter-cultural. I may stop and wonder "what would Jesus do" in a particular situation, but how often would this reflection lead to action, and then to action that genuinely reflects the nature of Jesus and not simply my own cultural values? Not often enough.