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What ever happened to “What Would Jesus Do”?

Asked by josie (30934points) July 26th, 2018

There was a period when I saw that all over the place.

I just realized I hardly ever do now

To be fair I have spent a lot of the last 17 years where they say What Would The Prophet Do. Maybe I missed something.

Did it fall from fashion? Did they ban those little wristbands and bumper stickers.

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kritiper's avatar

It’s not funny anymore.

ragingloli's avatar

They all realised that the Ferengi mantra “Greed is Eternal” is a much better fit for them.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I live in the Bible Belt & I still hear it a lot!!! To answer your Q, I think that many people find it hard to bully others while thinking WWJD!!!

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

It was lame then and it’s pathetic now. Hail Satan.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Jesus owned nothing. And He was VERY deliberate about it. Once you consider the prevalence of homeless people, and panhandlers in our society (the visible need), it makes perfect sense that the slogan must disappear from common usage. Put simply, the question is a trap. The dictates generated through answering the question correctly at every opportunity MUST result in assured self impoverishment. It’s another version of the rich man, camel, eye of the needle parable, only worse because it implies that not being rich doesn’t necessarily let one off the hook. When my son was 11 we talked about this on a trip to the shelter—his solution—never leave the house with money in your pockets.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I think it just points out hypocrisy now. Especially in America, where Jesus’ followers, are Trump supporters.

Yellowdog's avatar

The slogan started, I think, with a song written by Kevin Paige and a hit by a group called Big Tent Revival back in the very late 1990s.

The song was criticized because it was over-analyzed—
We cannot do, and often do not know, what Jesus would do. We are not Jesus and cannot live a life without sin. We are not perfect. Nor are we created to be duplicates of Christ’s character

From what I remember, the song went, “What would Jesus do—working at my job, going to my school—I’ve heard people say ‘Jesus is the way’ and I believe, and so I;m asking you, what would Jesus Do …”

The important thing is, what DID Jesus do, by offering himself as an atonement for sin. Jesus’ dying on the cross in atonement for sin, then rising—is what is important,

So, like so many trends, the song, the slogan, was analyzed to death and went the way of other phrases that lasted a while and are associated with a summer or two in he past

Those types of Christians are still around, but the big thing now among young people are missionary trips, multi-sensory experiences, the Emergent Chruch movement, etc etc.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

It doesn’t have to be a “thing.” It’s a good thing to ask yourself sometimes if you aren’t sure which direction to take.

ucme's avatar

Became obselete when the morons who used it finally realised that the only accurate answer is/was

“He would die”

rojo's avatar

You don’t ask questions you don’t really want the answer to.

rojo's avatar

Once, in my college days, we decided to go to a certain cave down in Mexico. This was no easy task. To get to the cave you had to climb up a mountain, almost to the top, clamber across a ridge and then descend back down to a narrow ledge along a cliff face. It was about 250’ straight up from the ledge and 400’ straight down.

Shortly after we started up we came upon a vertical face with a narrow crack where you wre forced to chimney up to continue. One of our party, Amador, stood at the base of this face, stroked his chin and asked “What would Jesus do in a situation like this”? Everyone laughed.

We continued onward and upward and every obstacle, every trial we encountered was prefaced with the question “What would Jesus do in a situation like this?”. Have to clamber down a rock face? “What would Jesus do”? Traverse that narrow ridge line? “What would Jesus do”? Running low on TP? “What would Jesus do”?

After several hours we found ourselves standing at the top of the boulder that led down to the narrow ledge, our final destination within striking distance. This massive rock was about twelve feet in diameter and the last few feet you had to free slide down to land on the ledge. The ledge itself was probably about three feet wide at this point but, as mentioned earlier, on the other side it dropped down about 400’ to a rock strewn talus slope and this vast expanse of open sky was what you saw as you dropped to the ledge.

Fred, in his late twenties and one of the older members of our party, began the first descent down the rock face toward the ledge landing and Amador, in his slow South Texas drawl, inevitably asked “What would Jesus do in a situation like this”?

To which Fred replied “I don’t know about Jesus but there are going to be pinch marks on this rock where my ass is grabbing”.

And that is why, to this day, there is a small contingent of former Texas cavers who, when faced with difficulty, will ask themselves “What would Fred do in a situation like this”?

rojo's avatar

And eventually ‘What would Jesus do?” was supplanted by this:

What would Willie doGary Allen

Dutchess_III's avatar

Maybe it was making people feel guilty!

I live in the Bible Belt too, but I don’t roam in Christian circles so I don’t hear it any more.

joab's avatar

The lack of people going to church could account for its not being asked anymore; but, these types of things come and go. Remember that thing where people would say, “WHAT’S UPPP” in a loud, grating voice; or, people would say, “get a life”. that came from saturday night live. It was a fad.

LadyMarissa's avatar

@MrGrimm888 I found your comment to be highly insulting!!! I love Jesus; but, cannot stand Trump…he’s a bad person in general!!! I don’t understand WHY you felt to lump every Christian under the Trump umbrella because there are TONS of us who didn’t vote for him!!!

Dutchess_III's avatar

I think he meant most (or all) trump followers claim to be Christian, but not all Christians are trump followers.

LostInParadise's avatar

The evangelicals asking the question were horrified when they realized that Jesus would not be a white supremacist or promote corporate welfare or chase away asylum seekers.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Thanks for the translation Dutch.
@LadyMarrissa . I apologize. I could have worded that better…

Yellowdog's avatar

Just remember, only twenty Christians may weigh ‘tons’—so, @LadyMarissa there may be only twenty of you Christians who opposed Trump

Two tons = 4,000 lbs
Twenty Christians @ 200 lbs each may have been all that opposed Trump.

That’s probably what @MrGrimm888 was taking into account.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I am honestly surprised at the number of conservatives who oppose Trump. They’re still conservatives, they still discuss their paranoid fears of FEMA and that their guns will be taken away, but they oppose Trump.

Yellowdog's avatar

The second amendment and the right to bear arms is PRECISELY why many voted for Trump.

Never heard any fears of FEMA.

LadyMarissa's avatar

@Dutchess_III It’s NOT his politics that I hate…it’s the man. He is an evil & bad person all way round!!! He lies, he cheats, he steals & that is NOT someone that I can look up to!!!

Dutchess_III's avatar

He doesn’t have any politics. He just rambles on about shit he knows absolutely nothing about. “Let’s go start a trade war! I’ll show THEM how big my dick is!”

stanleybmanly's avatar

I don’t care what your politics are. There is just no way in hell you can be a Trump backer without bending some rather stiff ehtical constants. No one even bothers to raise a defense against the accusations against him. When you bring up his warts, the reply is always some version of “I know he’s an immoral sleazebag, but——“

Yellowdog's avatar

The African American congregation that were the victims of the Charleston SC shooting, actually forgave the shooter (within 36 hours of the massacre)

The massacre that was supposed to start a ‘race war’ became a movement of reconciliation, healing, and love in Christ between races in SC

kruger_d's avatar

Favorite T-shirt slogan I’ve ever seen:
Front: What would Jesus do
back: for a Klondike bar?

MrGrimm888's avatar

@Yellowdog . Christ didn’t sing at that church, Obama did.
The Charleston community is not without it’s religions, but a lot of ordinary people simply came together to support each other. It was a time of unity, and love. I will not credit religion for helping my community. If God wanted to help, he shouldn’t have let 9 unarmed people get executed in a church…

Yellowdog's avatar

This is a thread about ‘What would Jesus do’—and I think the family members exemplified that. I’m glad Obama was there, as it was about the only time I felt any kindred spirits with him since a few months after he was elected.

I know that Obama is a disciple of Jeremiah Wright and has been close to leaders hostile to Christianity, but I don’t think the church viewed him that way.

The acts of forgiveness were Christ-inspired, and people came together in unlikely ways.

A book came out last April, simply titled Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope for a Divided Country (by Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy) which gets into quite a bit of detail on the Charleston shooting. I have been led to believe that Christianity in the wake of that massacre had quite a bit to do with bringing people together in that racially torn city.

Tim Scott, an African-American US senator, and Trey Gowdy, a white US congressman, won’t allow racial lines to divide them. They work together, eat meals together, campaign together, and make decisions together. Yet in the fall of 2010—as two brand-new members of the US House of Representatives—they did not even know each other. Their story as politicians and friends began the moment they met and is a model for others seeking true reconciliation.

From the review of Unified:

Senator Scott and Congressman Gowdy, through honesty and vulnerability, inspire others to evaluate their own stories, clean the slate, and extend a hand of friendship that can change your churches, communities, and the world.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I wouldn’t call Charleston “racially torn.” If that were the case, things would not have went as they did following the shooting. I am very proud how Charleston handled it.

Yes. The family members exemplified the “what would Jesus do?”

I wonder. Which president Roof would have voted for/supported?....

LadyMarissa's avatar

^^^^ He would have voted for Trump simply because he’s white!!!

MrGrimm888's avatar

He would have voted for Trump, because that’s the type of person that supports Trump.

Not all Trump supporters are racist white people, but all racist white people are Trump supporters…

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