By LOU TISCIONE
So much can go wrong when the wrong question is asked. For the past several years, the Christian youth culture has been inundated with a question that seems profound. Bracelets have been for sale with the imprinted question, “What would Jesus do?”
The motivation for the question is generally genuine. It suggests that those who ask it are seeking direction. After all, what better direction could there be then to ask the Lord what He would do in situations that we all face in life?
But, I suggest that the question causes more confusion than clarity. There is a desire for every Christian to do what God requires. Every Christian confesses that Jesus is Lord. Our confession of the Lordship of Christ is a declaration that we will live under His commands. We affirm that Jesus’ commands are the word of God written, the Bible.
So then, what’s wrong with asking, “What would Jesus do?” The question indicates that there is some thought being given to know God’s will. Yet, I believe that there is a fundamental problem revealed by the desire to know what Jesus would do.
The problem with the question is with the use of the word, “would.” The truth is no one has to wonder about what Jesus would do because the Bible reveals what He did. In fact, the most significant absence of truth in our churches is that many believers of all ages do not know what Jesus actually did while He walked among us. The most notable deficiency in the church is knowledge of the person and work of Christ. We don’t want to spend the time and effort to study the person and work of Christ. It is much more attractive to seek simple answers to the questions of life. Many in the church are attracted to participate in programmatic studies that promise to give biblical answers to every decision in life. For example, programs are designed to answer what Jesus would do in this (fill-in your own blank) circumstance.