WWJD is a common acronym found throughout the Christian communities. What Would Jesus Do? The question is to pose the answer in the form of proper conduct.
But all too often I find the organizations that pose this question, do not always follow up with the answer.
I have family that push a political agenda on me all the time. They want me to pick their side in the political forum. The politics they follow however do not abide by the sentiment of WWJD. True, their political choices might condemn some supposed sin that they find reference to in the Bible… but when I read the teachings of Jesus in Mathew chapter 25, I see a clear direction of what Jesus would do in almost all current political issues:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
You an find the full text at Bible Gateway. When I read this, it tells me we should be:
- Doing all we can for the poor (when I was hungry you gave me food/drink)
- Helping & Giving to the one’s who have less (when I was naked you clothed me)
- Providing medical services for the sick (I was sick and you visited me)
- Opening our arms to Immigrants (the stranger who was taken in)
Notice, Jesus didn’t tell a story like, “when I was hungry you put me to work so that I could earn my food and keep.” He tells a story of giving without consideration.
Those I know who abide by the world’s logic, will say “we only have so much supplies. We can’t take in all these people. How can we provide medical services for everyone?” Those are questions based in a world view of fear and lack.
If you really believe in Jesus, then follow the guidelines above, with the knowledge that God provides beyond the illusion of lack and limitation.