Thursday, July 20, 2006

Would J Do That?

My friend Bryan was preaching at his church Sunday, so I thought I would go take a listen-see.

He did a great job, making some really thought provoking points.

He pointed out the problem with the over-simplified “WWJD” movement: few of us really know Jesus well enough to know what he would do. So instead we got a bunch of well-intentioned folk acting nice, but not necessarily Jesus-like.

He also questioned why so many people have such bad misconceptions about who Jesus really is. (Appropos to my post from Monday.) This was followed by a short film, depicting Jesus in several modern-day contexts:

-Taking a nature hike, and casually tossing his empty water bottle on the ground
-Playing basketball, taunting, and throwing a tantrum when a call doesn’t go his way
-Leaving pennies as a tip after eating in a restaurant (with the waitress giving the classic line, “Jesus – what a cheapskate.”)
-On the highway, yelling and giving the finger to someone who cut him off.

And more that I can’t remember.

Bryan followed this up with the point that so many people don’t have a true picture of who Jesus is because those of us that call ourselves “Christ”-ians aren’t doing a very good job of representing him.

Good point.

Just my thoughts,



Nathan said...

Maybe, but Belknap is a drunken, blithering idiot most of the time, so what does HE know?

I've actually heard of that short film before. Maybe he was telling me about it.

I hear Ecclessia is the new Bel-Air. True?

Alice Bass said...

Been on vacation and missed the Gaffney Journal!
I'm so reformed in my theology that I can't handle the WWJD concept! I CAN'T do what Jesus would do, that's why Jesus has to do it in and through me. My bracelet would have to say 'WWJDoing?" What is He doing right now? Then I pray that He'll make me follow Him.

I'm probably a candidate for a robe wearing cult, but... those are just my thoughts (ps, love that tag line.)