May 13, 2009

The Problem with WWJD

As I read the good news of Jesus Christ, the message is not so much "what would Jesus do?" But "what has Jesus done?".

And it is precisely because of what Jesus has done on the cross and because the tomb is empty, that the church is birthed, that regeneration and transformation is the reality.

Asking the question, "what would Jesus do?" presupposes that somehow if I can figure out what Jesus would do that I would then have the power and ability to do that which Jesus would do. When in reality, Jesus says, "apart from me you can do nothing."

Could it be that the impotence of so many of our Christian lives and journeys is as a result of Christians who have over emphasized the importance of ourselves at the expense of the genuine radical revolution of the Jesus Christ? And that the key to the journey out of the malaise called modern day American Christianity is a recovery of the good news that we are wretched sinners who have been saved and redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ? And because of what Jesus has already done, we are sent into the world to bear witness to the risen one.

That, perhaps, when we begin focusing more on what Jesus has already done and less on what we are going to do for Jesus that actual genuine transformation would be a reality?

Maybe we ought to stop asking "what would Jesus do? and start declaring what Jesus has aleady done.

James <><

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