This morning I dug through my desk looking for a “ONE” bracelet. A couple of months ago, I let my son play with the one I’ve been wearing for the last few years and I never got it back.
This one, produced by the ONE campaign serves to remind me of my commitment to eradicating extreme global poverty.
Another favorite bracelet preceded these rubbery bands. It goes back more than 20 years and featured those four letters: WWJD. What would Jesus do? They likewise served to remind us of something. Not of Jesus Himself, but of His action, His focus.
These means of remembering are important. Particularly this time of year. We’re all about remembering.
It feels awfully disconnecting to think about what Jesus would do when, for the most part, few of us do anything remotely like what we know Jesus did do. No amount of remembering that Jesus did heal people seems to effect those Christians supporting the gun lobby or preventing access to basic medical care. No amount of remembering that Jesus did fight against the world’s injustice prevents us from chastising our clergy for preaching about the environment or human sexuality. No amount of remembering what Jesus actually did,let alone imagining what He might do today seems to have any effect on what we already do.
We seem to have a really hard time thinking of how we ought to reflect Jesus.
So what if we imagined what Jesus would do if He reflected us?
- He would have sat around and made other Galileans feel better.
- Instead of sending His disciples to proclaim the Good News, He would have done it all Himself.
- He would have preached each week at the local synagogue.
- His sermons would have been all about being happy and He would never ask people to change one thing about themselves.
- And instead of teaching in parables, he would have had His followers memorize lists.
- He would have cozied up to the Pharisees to make His message more “effective”.
- He would have given the matriarchs and patriarchs everything they wanted so that He might have a chance of calling in a favor later.
- He would have died of old age.
Who needs Good Friday and Easter, when we can have a Savior that doesn’t save and redemption without change?
What can I add to this list? What would Jesus do if He were more like we are?