What Would A Pharisee Do?

She instructed her son to look at the wristband before making decisions on how to live his Christian life.

Luke 11:37-42

Reference: But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal. (‭Luke‬ ‭11‬:‭38‬ NIV)

Explore: The Huffington Post recently posted this story:

Once upon a time, a mother made her son a wristband. On it was written: WWJD? This, of course stood for: “What Would Jesus Do?” She instructed her son to look at the wristband before making decisions on how to live his Christian life.

A week later she was shocked to see that her son had become friends with prostitutes, was hanging out with ‘sinners’ — even buying people who were already drunk yet another round of beers!

Worse still, he had walked into their church the previous Sunday and tore down the book store, overturned the tables and threw the cash register through the window, he then made a whip and chased the pastor out of the building, declaring he was turning God’s house into a den of thieves.

Most shocking was what happened when his mother went to picket the local abortion clinic. To her embarrassment, her son was also there, but he was standing with the women who just had an abortion, and yelled at the protesters: “You who are without sin, throw the first stone!”

The mother was very distressed, but fortunately she found a solution to this terrible problem. She made another wristband, this time it read: WWAPD? This, she explained to her son, stood for: “What Would A Pharisee Do?” She took the old WWJD? wristband and burned it.

Since her son has been wearing the new wristband, looking at it to help him make his decisions, he has become a dedicated tither, a public prayer warrior, an active condemner of ‘sinners,’ a passionate defender of the Old Covenant law, and has a great reputation as a godly young man amongst other religious people.

Needless to say, the mother is very happy now. She only wishes Jesus would take notice and follow her son’s good example.

Application: While this story does go to the extreme, it highlights how sometimes we focus on the wrong thing. We can get so passionate about something that we lose the true meaning of what it is to be a Christian.

It is good to be reminded of the true nature of Christ. Let’s not allow our church dogma to get in the way of our true calling – to love God and love others.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me when my indignation overshadows my ability to love. May people know I am Your follower by the love I show. Amen.

What do you need to change to show the true character of Christ?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.