W.W.J.D. Do you remember the days of W.W.J.D? It was all the rage among the younger generation of Christians during the 1990’s. It had enjoyed a good run, made its way into popular culture, and is remembered, often with amusement, by the adults of today. As dated as the phrase may be, I can’t help but wonder if maybe the North American church needs to take a hard look at the world today and ask themselves this very question.
If ever there was a time to stop and check our priorities it would be now. We have established a comfortable slice of the world to sit back and enjoy ourselves and watch the drama of the world stage unfold. While we are worried about how the economic downturn might affect our portfolio, mothers in Syria are worried about where the next round of artillery strikes are going to hit. Fathers in refugee camps are worried about their daughters falling victim to rape and abuse. Children in Sudan are worried about where their next meal is going to come from. The most I have to worry about when it come to food is whether or not the person at the local fast food place remembers that I asked for no cheese on my sandwich. My fridge is full of food that will probably have a large percentage of it thrown out because I can’t eat it all before it spoils. I have a steady job where the hardest thing I have to go through is a change to my schedule or the air conditioner in my office can’t keep up and the temperature rises a couple degrees above what I like. As a church we get worked up over a change to the coffee budget.
But through it all, I can’t help but wonder what would happen if we seriously asked ourselves what Jesus would do if He were in our shoes. What would He bring up at the next budget meeting? What would He petition the government for? I know that for myself it brings up a whole new set of questions. It makes me question every little thing that I do, along with my reasoning behind why I do the things that I do. What if? What would the world look like if everyone who claimed to follow Jesus actually tried to live their lives the way Jesus would live. What if everyone stopped caring about what other people might think. What if, as a church, we spent more time loving the forgotten people of the world then we do discussing whether we should have roast beef or chicken for the next senior’s social.
I don’t really know what would happen if we got serious about living like Jesus. All I know is that the world would stand up and take notice, and we would be in for one heck of a ride.