It’s a cliché, “What Would Jesus Do?” but that status does not undermine the importance of the question. It is often difficult to determine the most Christ-like course of action in some circumstances. And let’s face it – Jesus did not live in the era of Facebook and Twitter, or even democracy. The clues are pretty thin concerning what Jesus would do with many of the circumstances we find ourselves confronted with today.
But then Jesus did not really come about circumstances, He came about us and our character – who we are. Knowing that circumstances would always be in flux and knowing that no code of conduct could possibly cover every exigency, Jesus goal was to make us into people that could figure out what to do in our specific circumstance and still be in line with His will.
Of course, we pray about our circumstance, we ask for the perfect, hope for the best and work towards the possible – but in the end our circumstances are our circumstances and the question is not how to change them, but who we are in the midst of them.
Paul urges the church in Rome:
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. (Rom 12:9-13) (emphasis added)
The writer of Hebrews says:
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near (Heb 10:23-25) (again, emphasis added)
And Jesus reminds us:
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34)
Sometimes we have to be satisfied with allowing the Christian thing to do to evolve as circumstances evolve while we simply take time to cling to what is good. For today let us hold fast to hope and cling to good. It will be sufficient.