WWJD? How About… What Did Jesus Do?

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“Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it. But I’m afraid He would ask me the same question.” – Anonymous

[ Re-posted excerpts from TheChristianLeft.org ]

“Many on the Christian Right are fond of posing the question WWJD?– What would Jesus do? I’d like to remind them what Jesus DID do: He cared for the poor. He did not condemn the woman caught in adultery. He prayed alone. He commanded us to love our enemies. He preached peace. He ate, drank, and lived with ‘tax collectors and sinners’ — the lowlifes and outcasts of his day, while reserving his condemnation for the religious leaders who, from a place of privilege, imposed their legalism and literalism on the people they were responsible for leading. He told his disciples not to oppose the healing work of those outside the ranks of his followers. And again and again he reminded us to care for the poor. (That moral issue gets more air time than any other in the gospels: 1 verse in 9.) If Christians concerned about how to respond to the grave global issues facing us all were to reread the Gospels for guidance, I think we’d find some pretty clear indications there about what Jesus would do … and what he wouldn’t. (One of the few bumper stickers I’ve been tempted to affix to my still undecorated car in recent months reads ‘Who would Jesus bomb?’)

 Whatever Jesus would do, given what he did do, and has promised he will do, I don’t think it looks much like what the insulated, self-congratulatory Fox News fans on the ‘Christian Right’ are doing.”

[ Quote from Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, Professor of English at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, from her article “A Voice from the Christian Left.” ]

For more commentary on this subject please visit this earlier blog of mine:


6 thoughts on “WWJD? How About… What Did Jesus Do?

  1. I am a member of the “Christian right”, and while I have an issue with the bumper stick which you mentioned. The rest of the post is very pointed and an accurate portrayal of the Christ I follow and, sadly, a majority of Christians as well. There are those of us within the Christian right, that are aware of and working on social issues.

    • Thanks for the comment. It wasn’t meant to be all inclusive. It’s a follow up to a previous post and is really targeted at all the politicians that are manipulating Christians and the bible to justify their ideology.

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