WWJD–How tired is too tired?

December 30, 2006

Believe it or not, “people” are still wondering “What Would Jesus Do?”  The phrase was popularized long ago by the social gospel novelist and minister Charles Sheldon.  His novel In His Steps, first published in 1896, got the whole ball rolling.  Since then, the social gospel aspect of the question, which could even be tinged with socialism–praise God–has been replaced with a nagging and socially conservative moralism.  “What Would Jesus Do?” nowadays seems to be synonymous with “What Would Jesus Do If He Were a Right-Wing Republican Teetotaler Killjoy with a Great Big Paddle to Spank You with If You Are Bad?”

Well, what would Jesus do?  Based on the scriptural record and church tradition (the only two sources we have besides that voice in your head), this is what Jesus would do:

  1. Die for the sins of humankind then be resurrected three days later to rule over the living and the dead;
  2. Walk on water;
  3. Tell confusing parables;
  4. Turn massive amounts of water into wine;
  5. Form, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, a person of the Holy Trinity;
  6. Resurrect people from death;
  7. Cast out demons;
  8. Heal thousands of people;
  9. Get himself born from a virgin;
  10. Be the Word through which all creation was made;
  11. Be the firstborn of all creation;
  12. Be the Lamb upon the throne;
  13. Get transfigured in the company of Moses and Elijah;
  14. Combine in his one person the fully human and the fully divine;
  15. Some other stuff that you can’t do, no matter how hard you try.

So there it is folks.  I may be crazy, but I think we should worry more about what we  ought to do and worry less abut what Jesus would do.  If we could do what Jesus does, we wouldn’t need Jesus.

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11 Responses to “WWJD–How tired is too tired?”

  1. Lori Witzel Says:

    I really really enjoyed this, if by “enjoy” one means “feels the neural connections crackle right through to one’s heart.”

    😉

    I hope you have a splendid, creative, joy-filled, knowledge-questing, adventurous new year.

  2. sheepdays Says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed this, Lori. This whole WWJD business has been driving me nuts for a long time. You have a great new year, too.

  3. Evonne Says:

    Good stuff Brett, I especially like the last two sentences.
    Have a Happy New Year and spend lots of fun time with your family.

  4. Kryna Says:

    He deffinatly didn’t ask that question… Have a blessed New Year! And give the kiddies hugs from us!

  5. sheepdays Says:

    Here, here! Hope everyone has a great new year!

  6. Belinda Says:

    Happy New Year Brett – thanks for the post – have a very special day and lots of love sent your way – hug your kids for me – they are adorable :))))

  7. adan Says:

    Hermano, Ya, WWJD bugs me as well. When a tragedy takes place people (especially those critical of organized religion)ask me “how can God let that happen, Adan?” I often answer, “I wonder if God is asking the same question of us, “how can they (humans) do this to each other?”

    I was going to send you a set of WWJD bracelets, 7 in total,one for each day of the week….I guess that’s not a good gift.

  8. sheepdays Says:

    Yeah, I don’t know what I’d do with those bracelets! Do you remember back in Austin when they were saying that WWJD stood for “What Would Jenna (Bush) Drink?”

  9. adan Says:

    How can I forget about the bush daughter’s? wasn’t she busted at Baby Apalculpo’s somewhere in South Austin? I’m actuallin Austin right now visiting Reyna’s family. Passed by the od stomping grounds…..memories, memories. East Austin looks the same…maybe a few more taquerias, mmm, mmm, mmm

  10. Alex Says:

    Sounds good, Adan. When are you going to come visit us in AZ??

  11. adan Says:

    Summer time maybe….are ya’ll traveling


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