I prefer the original sentiment, especially in the past few months. There are lots of current events going on, secularly and in the religious arena that incite a good amount of debate. A lot of more conservative followers turn to the Bible to see what it says literally; a lot of more liberal followers try to simply follow their hearts in their interpretation of what a passage might have meant in that time and convert it to a more contemporary thought. But perhaps what we should be doing is asking simply, what would Jesus do?
It is human nature to want answers to be cut and dry. Anyone who tells you they enjoy the unanswered question might be telling you the truth, but that is a learned behavior. It can be easier for us to search for black and white answers to difficult questions. I’m not always sure that is what God intends. (Disclaimer: No statements made throughout this writing should be construed that the author has any definite knowledge of God’s intentions.)
The more thought and study I give to the life of Jesus, the more I realize that, shockingly enough, Christians don’t always put enough emphasis on Him. We are given the Bible, with many writings teaching us what is right or wrong and we love to read it and quote it. Later on, we’re given God—in the flesh! Jesus died—we talk about this all the time, how Jesus died for us. But let us not forget that Jesus lived for us as well! He showed us how to live. So maybe, I’m thinking anyway, that the answers we search for to the difficult questions should be found by starting with what Jesus would do.
Now I realize that trying to figure out in our Christian communities what Jesus would have done in our contemporary situations might be a little more difficult than selecting an agreeable passage from the Bible, but Jesus told us things wouldn’t be easy. But that’s another post altogether…