A few years ago, it became popular in many churches for people to wear wristbands with the letters 'WWJD' upon them. The letters stood for “What Would Jesus Do?”, and were supposed to serve as a reminder to think about our actions and words before speaking or doing. What would Jesus do in the situation if he was in our position?
Lent is a time in the church year when we are called to pause and reflect on our lives. A time to pause and think about the things we have done, and still do. Lent is when we also think about what Jesus did for us on the cross, and the things he did amongst us as he walked the earth.
Last fall, the author Mick Mooney wrote a short piece as a comment on the question, “What would Jesus do?”
Once upon a time, a mother made her son a wristband. On it was written: WWJD? This, of course stood for: "What Would Jesus Do?" She instructed her son to look at the wristband before making decisions on how to live his Christian life.
A week later she was shocked to see that her son had become friends with prostitutes, was hanging out with 'sinners' -- even buying people who were already drunk yet another round of beers!
Worse still, he had walked into their church the previous Sunday and tore down the book store, overturned the tables and threw the cash register through the window, he then made a whip and chased the pastor out of the building, declaring he was turning God's house into a den of thieves.
Most shocking was what happened when his mother went to picket the local abortion clinic. To her embarrassment, her son was also there, but he was standing with the women who just had an abortion, and yelled at the protesters: "You, who are without sin, throw the first stone!"
The mother was very distressed, but fortunately she found a solution to this terrible problem. She made another wristband, this time it read: WWAPD? This, she explained to her son, stood for: "What Would A Pharisee Do?" She took the old WWJD? wristband and burned it.
Since her son has been wearing the new wristband, looking at it to help him make his decisions, he has become a dedicated tither, a public prayer warrior, an active condemner of 'sinners,' a passionate defender of the Old Covenant law, and has a great reputation as a godly young man amongst other religious people.
Needless to say, the mother is very happy now. She only wishes Jesus would take notice and follow her son's good example.
During this season of Lent, may we think about who we follow as Messiah and Savior. May we truly think about his words and actions. Can we be honest enough with ourselves to admit that there are times when our answer to the question of “What would Jesus do?” is actually a better answer to the question, “What would you like Jesus to do?”
The journey of Lent is a journey of discovery and self-discovery; a time when we come to see God in new and deeper ways. May the God we discover be not of our own creating, but the Creator of the universe.
With the Greatest of Hope!