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What Would Jesus Do? Walking in the Steps of JesusPosted Tuesday, August 2, 2011, at 4:45 PM
In the past few weeks I've been listening to the reading of In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon, on Christian Classics, heard daily on BBN (Bible Broadcasting Network), 88.7 Poplar Bluff. http://www.bbnradio.org/wcm4/english/Rad...
In His Steps begins with a beggar knocking on the door of parsonage. Rev. Henry Maxwell had been preparing his Sunday sermon on 1_Peter 2:21: "For hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that ye should follow his steps." This begins "Step 1". Each chapter in the book is a step in following the steps of Jesus.
In the book, the church fights against poverty, saloons, and wickedness in the slum district of Raymond, Illinois. The editor of the newspaper, Raymond Daily, stops printing his newspaper on Sundays. The liquor establishment finds strong opposition from those of the community who have signed the pledge, "What Would Jesus Do?"
What would Jesus do?
In order to do what He would do, one should have the mind of Christ. The Apostle Paul, in his 1st letter the Corinthians (ICor.2), teaches that having the mind of Christ is necessary for following Christ. Philippians 2:5 says, "Let this mind be in you
which was also in Christ Jesus."
One recieves the mind of Christ in the experience of becoming born again. All regenerated persons have the mind of Christ but also the carnal mind or the original nature of sin. Paul had a conflicct between the carnal mind and the mind of Christ described in Romans 7. Deliverance from the carnal mind is by recieving the Holy Spirit in the experience of entire sanctification through the indwelling holy Spirit.
Jesus said that we are to take up our cross and follow Him. When we become Christians, we begin walking in His steps. But He wants us to carry a cross. That cross is whatever causes sacrifice in an individual Christian.
When a person walks in the steps of Jesus, he or she follows the religion of Jesus. Jesus said our righteousness is to exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees. They loved to recieve the attention and applause of those around them. They paid tithes and gave to the poor beggars. They prayed long and loud prayers in public just to recieve attention. Jesus said our righteousness is to exceed the outward show of religion. He never condemned public praying. he never condemned public giving. He never condemned the Moral Law, the Ten Commandments. He just wants us to do those things and keep the Moral Law out of a heart of love for our fellowman and love for God.
That religion of Jesus is summed up in James 1:27- "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." It is described in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. But James 2 also describes this religion of Jesus. We are not to show partiality in dealing with those around us. We are to treat everyone alike. The Religion of Jesus doesn't discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, economic status or ethnicity.
What about the politics of Jesus? If Jesus was here on this earth today. How would He vote? Would He be a Democrat or a Republican? Jesus said that His Kingdom was not of this world or His subjects would fight. He wouldn't belong to either major political party. In Jesus' day, there were several religious/political parties. The Pharisees were the conservatives of His day. The Saducees were the liberals of His day. There were also the Herodians, loyal to Herod. There were the Essenes, a pious party. There were also the Zealots, a party looking for the Messiah to overthrow the Roman rule over the Jews.
If Jesus walked into the voting booth, He wouldnot vote for a candidate who would try to keep the murder of unborn babies legal. He loved children. He would not tolerate the murder of the unborn. He would not tolerate anykind of child abuse.
Jesus would not vote to give a business a liquor license. He would oppose that industry that makes a profit without regard to the consequences.
What about taxes? Would Jesus pay tax today if He was here on earth? Yes, He would! He and His disciples paid their taxes.
Now, use a little imagination. If you met a person known to be an adulterer, a drunkard, a user of illegal drugs, someone living on the streets, would you greet that person? Jesus would. How do you treat the beggar, the loser, the immoral, the one everybody hates? Jesus would show love and concern as though it was His brother or sister.
Well, when you face the decisions of life, no matter how small, ask yourself, "What would Jesus do?" When you are tempted to do or say something you know is not right, ask yourself, "What would Jesus do?"
Richard D. Swift
505 Hickory hills Dr
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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.