I think we should be careful saying “Jesus would ______” or “Jesus wouldn’t _____” in the context of situations that are unique to the 21st century. The truth is, Jesus didn’t walk the earth during our time, nor do we have a record of how he might respond in hypothetical situations.

What we DO have are eyewitness accounts of His actions that are still incredibly relevant today. What we DO have is God-breathed scripture that coaches us by the power of the Holy Spirit to be conformed to the image of His Son. What we DO have are clear instructions for resisting evil and training in righteousness. 

When we say things like “Jesus would/n’t _____” we run the risk of squishing God down to a size our brains can comprehend and in essence claiming to know the mind of God. Yes, we know that Jesus would never sin. We know that He would never contradict the nature or rebel against the will of the Father. But we don’t know the specifics of His actions if He dwelt among us today.

So as we ask WWJD, let us not paint a picture of the Jesus we think we want but seek an answer that displays humility to serve rather than be served; one which displays love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. One that has eyes to see and a heart of compassion for the least. One that boldly declares the Way, the Truth, and the Life. 

We desire to represent you accurately, Lord; humble us to do so.

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