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June 27, 2012


Getting the Gospel Right

Chuck Collins, as usual, gets the Gospel right:

“But, in fact, WWJD is what Michael Horton calls “easy-listening legalism.”  It’s about becoming a better you (didn’t Joel Osteen write a book with this title?). It’s a sly way of replacing Jesus as Savior with Jesus as example, and sin and redemption with moral improvement. THAT’S SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS!!

The gospel is not about you. It’s about what Jesus Christ has done for you when you couldn’t and didn’t measure up. The Law shows your need for a savior, it states the demands for behavioral purity, but it can’t accomplish what it demands. So what do Christians typically do? Buy a WWJD bracelet (they are cheap on Ebay), rededicate yourself to moral improvement, and join a church that preaches “try harder” and “keep your chin up” sermons.

But now that I think about it, WWJD might just be what the doctor ordered. If it leads me to the point of despairing of my utter inability to live up to Jesus’ example, “wretched man that I am!” (Rom 7:24), and causes me to cry out as a drowning man to the one who can save me from my inability to keep the law, then it’s a good thing. Maybe what we need is a fresh encounter with the law in fire-hydrant force – not only bracelets, but WWJD earrings, bellybutton studs, tattoos, and bumper-stickers…more


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Never thought about it that way.  SO TRUE!

[1] Posted by old lady on 6-27-2012 at 09:11 PM · [top]

Would the belly button studs have WWJD on them? Some good points. How about what did Jesus command us to do and where did He get the authority?

[2] Posted by Don+ on 6-27-2012 at 09:52 PM · [top]

I guess I’ve changed over the past few years, because as one who most often worships in a liturgical fashion, I don’t build up a huge blob of dispair over a course of several months;  one that needs to be “discharged” at some point.  The cycle of repentance is much more frequent and (as a consequence?) easier for me than it was back in my days as a Presbyterian. 

I guess I don’t view ‘WWJD’ soteriologically (though I used to).  Most of my ‘issues’ now center around my roles as husband and father;  others center around my spiritual gifts.  In other words, “things I do.”  (of course, yes, yes, qualifying that it’s not what I do that brings me to Eternity with Jesus;  it’s what Jesus has done). 

So when I think of WWJD, it’s more along the lines of, “which school system would Jesus enroll Mootette in,” or “how would Jesus assist this young man in growing up so that I can play matchmaker with him and this young lady over there,” or “would Jesus want me to speak when I’m pissed off.”  Etc. 

But practically speaking, I don’t think about WWJD at all, because more often than not, I seek the counsel of other Christians.  And when I’m in crisis mode, I’ve usually worked out something in my mind beforehand (hopefully) for handling my tough spot. 

If I did think about WWJD at some point, it would probably fall into those categories.

[3] Posted by J Eppinga on 6-28-2012 at 07:13 AM · [top]

I twist the wrist band to read WWJHMD. “What would Jesus have me do?”

[4] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 6-28-2012 at 08:38 AM · [top]

wwjd is not correct because Jesus never confronted the things that I confront.  So I must decide what I am going to do!  I live in 21st century America not 1st century Israel.

[5] Posted by Bob+Retired on 6-29-2012 at 05:35 PM · [top]

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