I still remember the feeling of putting on my 1990’s WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) bracelet. That squishy plastic catching on my arm hairs….the psychedelic colors clashing with any outfit I was wearing.
I remember, even as a pre-teen, wondering what in the world it was all about. I mean, why was I wearing it? What did it REALLY mean?
Long article short, Mooney says that a mom gave a WWJD bracelet to her son and he started to do very Jesus-y things…he becomes friends with prostitutes, he turned over tables in local church bookstores, and finally, he chastised his momma for protesting in front of abortion clinics because “she was not without sin so she shouldn’t cast the first stone”.
Well, momma didn’t like her son’s “version” of Jesus so, she took away the WWJD and gave him a WWAPD (What Would A Pharisee Do?) bracelet instead. The results were as follows:
Since her son has been wearing the new (WWAPD) 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.
I thought about this article a lot today as people talked of Brittany Maynard’s assisted suicide death. I read articles and blogs and listened closely for something…..a little something called certainty. There was a lot of it and that made me squirm.
Why do we feel, as Christians, that we have a God-given right to claim we have THE answers on life choices? Can a young woman be pro-”death with dignity” and love Jesus? Yes. Can a mom who will die from cancer in the near future choose to let God decide the timing of her death and love Jesus? Yes. Yes to both. This is a BOTH/AND situation, not an EITHER/OR!
I am NOT certain of what the “right” answer in the assisted suicide debate is….and that’s ok. I don’t have to have the answer to have love and compassion for anyone struggling with this impossible decision.
And you know what? I think saying “I don’t know” or saying nothing at all is one way to be the hands and feet of Jesus. To NOT meet the trials of this world with the certainty that your view is the only way to righteousness. In fact, our views and our thoughts contain no speck of righteousness in them. Jesus is my righteousness. God is our peace. The Holy Spirit is your comfort. You are His and He is yours. Forever.
“It is because of God that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” – 1 Corinthians 1:30