When the WWJD wristband phenomenon began I found it interesting. An acronym printed across a rubber wristband to remind us to be good to each other and to follow the general teachings of Jesus – alrighty then. I don’t believe I have written about the Big J.C. in my blog before and I have never queried aloud, “What Would Jesus Do?” Well, that is until right now. Albeit, I must confess I have used many parodies of WWJD as the acronym does lend itself to inserting virtually anyone’s initial in there as a potential guidepost or horrible warning – whichever direction you want to take it. I surmise the ease with which WWJD has been parodied makes a statement in-and-of itself about the widespread integration of the acronym across society. Apparently, thinking about what Jesus would have done in any given situation resonated with enough folks that the acronym WWJD became commonplace.
I guess it isn’t all that surprising that the Big J.C. serves as a role model for behavior that folks would like to emulate…regardless of one’s faith (or not) – he is a rock star of sorts when it comes to morals and values. The word is that he was perfect, the son of God who died on the cross for our collective sins – I am sure you all have heard the story. Historians have long-examined the story and religions have variations in the way they view the Big J.C., but I think we can all agree without stretching ourselves too far outside any religious, agnostic, or atheist comfort zones that the Big J.C. was a good guy who led by example.
And really, do we need more than that to hold him up as a role model? Do we need to connect him to divinity to place importance in his lessons? I don’t think we do. I think we should celebrate those who live their lives in ways that deserve to be emulated. The Big J.C. was one such person, but there have been others – indeed, look around today in your community and you can likely point out a few. There are many who walk amongst us that serve as a reminder of what a person who makes kind, moral, and integrity driven choices would do – contemporary examples of the Big J.C.’s mode of operation.
Look around at your world and at the folks who walk in strength and conviction – leading, helping and teaching others – and the next time you face a difficult choice ask yourself, what would they do?
I don’t know if you’ll be able to find a rubber bracelet that features the acronym with the initial of your contemporary role model – but that is okay; because, let’s face it, what WWJD really reminds us to do is to strive to be better people. That is a good message and one I hope we all can appreciate – whether or not we wear the rubber wristband.
Day one thousand and six of the new forty – obla di obla da