The 90’s decade ushered in the use of the popular WWJD acronym. Today, it remains a crucial question to ponder. There is never a problem with doing what Jesus would do because He is perfect. He is God—and we are not. Though we are made in His image, adopted children of the Almighty, we still think with the minds of humans. Because “all will fall short of the glory of God,” we know we will sometimes make mistakes—even when we think we are right.
Christians are commissioned to go out into the world and share the gospel—to love like Jesus, be salt to the world, and imitate Him in every way. But what does that mean? Most would say, it means we should love unconditionally—which is correct. But what does unconditional love look like? Jesus died to set us free from sin and death, that we may live with Him eternally in Paradise—that’s unconditional love! So, to imitate Him, we should also be willing to carry our crosses and to lay down our lives for others too… Right?
Unlike the persecuted Christians in other parts of the country, who are presently being imprisoned or slaughtered because they will not renounce their faith, here in the U.S. we are not being lined up and mowed down by gunfire, released into the Colosseum to be devoured by lions, or marched into concentration camps for a “hot shower.”
Are we sometimes persecuted? Yes. Killed? No. Well…once we make it out of the womb, that is.
Had their voices not been silenced, the hundreds of millions of babies aborted worldwide would testify to the tortuous slaughtering that occurs when God’s laws are rejected. Ironically, many pro-abortion government leaders claim to be Christians—Pelosi, Biden, Buttigieg, Warren…wait, I’m seeing a pattern here. All the Democrat candidates agree with their party’s platform—advocating for few or no restrictions on abortion. Hmm…I guess they don’t care about WWJD, and neither does our own Governor Laura Kelly or the four Republican cowards who recently voted against the pro-life amendment. These, and approximately half the nation’s people, won’t even so much as “check a box” in order to save the most vulnerable. But, here’s a dose of truth for all: If conversion of those who hate God/Christians doesn’t occur, and if deeper conversion doesn’t transform the hearts of those who claim to know God, we can be sure that some form of violent slaughter will one day land right on our doorsteps.
What would Jesus do today?
Jesus was no milquetoast prophet who came to make everyone feel good about themselves. In fact, to my knowledge, there has never been a prophet who didn’t deliver harsh, ominous words and chastisements to the people. Yes, Jesus’ love is shown through tenderness, because He is the Good Shepherd and our Savior. Yet, like a just, loving parent, He also “chastises those He loves” with His Word, which “is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword…dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Many forget Jesus said: “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” His sword is His Word, which is wielded to cut through hardened hearts, to wake up apathetic, jealous, self-centered, and lustful minds: “You Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup…but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.” “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” “If I were to say that I do not know Him, I would be a liar like you…” “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?” “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of rotting corpses and all uncleanness.” “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires.” “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out…and if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” “Woe to those who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.”
These are not the only harsh Words Jesus spoke. Likewise, Saint’s Peter and Paul also rebuked: “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell…if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes…then the Lord knows how…to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.” 2 Peter 2:4,6,9
The apostles understood that the truth “sets us free.” Certainly, we should strive to speak gently, especially to those who are ignorant of truth or wounded; but there are times when obstinate individuals require the double-edged sword of truth, which may “offend” them. It is better to be hurt by truth than to perish.
Keep in mind that Jesus knew full-well He would suffer and die to atone for our sins, yet, He made it clear that we cannot ignore or re-write His holy commands and persist in sin, unrepentant: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’” “…The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Mt. 7:21, 13:49
Read Jesus’ Words again. Let them sink into every cell and fiber of your being, that you may “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.” As children of God, let us not be offended by Truth, but embrace it, that our minds and hearts may be transformed. Let us strive to live our lives in authentic love which honors our Father and His children.
This is what Jesus would do.
Elizabeth Schmeidler is a Christian author from Hays.