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May 10, 2006


Jamie G

I can't stand the 'what would jesus do' sort of mentality - it misses the point. It implies that Christianity is about trying to copy what we think Jesus would do in every situation, rather than by choosing to follow him, and allowing ourselves to be loved by him, our nature changes so that we end up doing the sorts of things he would do because it's in our nature - and the new testament shows that the sorts of things religious people thought jesus would do weren't actually what he did.

Environmental issues were a factor in the choice of our car (we're in the process of buying one), but as yet the hybrid options aren't suitable for us as a family. I guess the challenge for Christians is to care about the environment without becoming pious and judgemental of those who drive fat 4x4s on the school run. It's easy to be distracted by issues, but this doesn't mean that they don't matter.

Richard Frank

I have a similar allergic reaction to WWJD, Jamie... :o)

On the other hand - just to push the thought a little (though not to push the wrist-bands!) - the essence of being a disciple in first-century palestine was precisely 'copying the master' and by doing so, learning to do the things he did. So there is some merit in thinking this way?

The flaw, of course, is that Jesus lived in first-century palestine - not 21st century Twickenham. Hence the very wide freedom the concept gives people to speculate about lifestyle (Jesus never had a choice of car, nor the problem of global warming to contend with) and then to attach the authority of "Jesus would do this" to that speculation!

Car-wise, we tried to find a 'family car' (i.e. decent sized estate) to replace our current one with an LPG or some other 'green' engine and found we just couldn't stretch to the lovely Volvo estate with an LPG tank built in! I'd have to be doing a different job, I think... On the other hand, that doesn't prevent me from needing to think carefully about how much we use the car we do have.

Jamie G

Richard - you are right - we are supposed to copy the master. I think paul even urged believers to 'imitate' him. I guess the issue then becomes how and why we try to do as Jesus did. Perhaps this is best achieved through (a) choosing to follow him and turning away from what we know to be wrong, and then (b) as our hearts are transformed, we will instinctively know what the right thing to do is. There's life to this. The danger with rule book christianity, where people concentrate on modifying their behaviour but haven't allowed Jesus to transform their inner being, is that it's very dangerous: it can leave us thinking we are following Jesus when in reality we aren't. Dead religion is like an attenuated virus that is used to vaccinate people against the real thing.

R.e. green cars. The Toyota Prius (hybrid) is 105 g CO2 per km, the car we are buying is 167 g CO2 per km. Thus if we cut the distance we drive by two, we'll be greener than if we were driving a Prius.

Tors ramsey

Re WWJD I agree (although have probably used that WWJ DO expression myself). Michael LLoyd makes a relevant point here in Cafe Theology (my read at present) when he suggests that knowing more of God enables us to become more human i.e. more of ourselves not less. We become more of who he made us to be. I like this idea of embracing humanity rather than seeing it as being seperate from our 'spiritual' being.

We drive a Citroen Berlingo. Not sure how green it is, but it attracts many ice cream van jokes.

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