Who Are You Listening To?
- Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful (Proverbs 12:5).
We all face many choices, difficult decisions and obstacles in our lifetime and it is often prudent to share those thoughts, ideas and struggles with someone you trust in order to receive wise counsel. However, as we do, we must be cautious as to whom we solicit advice from and how we scrutinize the information and the intentions of those providing it.
Do you get talked into or involved in things just because others are, only to regret later?
Do you believe everything you read on the internet?
Are you easily influenced by what society says you should pursue, have, and wear?
Do you listen to that “still small voice” or do you follow only the one which you agree with and want to hear?
"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it (Genesis 3:4-6).
Today we are bombarded with so much instantaneous information. We know almost everything about everyone the moment they do it, mostly because they tell us (and we tell them).
Through Facebook posts, blog sites, tweets, Pinterest pins or a reply to someone else’s comment, we open ourselves up to and welcome friends and strangers alike to “contribute” their two cents into our life, and likewise, we feel “empowered” to do the same for others.
Some have (or seemed to have) gained a new sense of “expertise” and (the perception of) “wisdom” sitting in anonymity behind a keyboard and a computer screen as they dole out instruction and advice (mostly opinion) on how to live your life. What may be even more troubling is how we as a society have become so concerned with what others think we should do, how we should look and what they think of us.
In 1897, Charles Monroe Sheldon wrote and published a book by the name of In His Steps. It has become one of the best-selling books of all time although what may be even more popular than the manuscript itself is the subtitle which coined the phrase, What Would Jesus Do?
“What would Jesus do?” or “WWJD” became a wildly popular term in the 1990’s. It developed into the mantra for many believers to remind, challenge and inspire ourselves to ask “What would Jesus do?” before each action or response in every situation we face. I remember seeing the WWJD embossed bracelets on everyone’s wrist and WWJD bumper stickers on cars. It was difficult to go into any church in the country without seeing something related to WWJD.
I was curious as to the far-reaching extent of the WWJD campaign, so I searched for more information on this movement. I found almost one and a half a million responses when I Googled “WWJD” and 224 million for “What would Jesus do?”
I found websites devoted to answering the question for anyone wondering what they should do in a specific situation. I discovered organizations and ministries dedicated to serving others in the WWJD motto. There is a WWJD Facebook page (which I was tempted to “Like”). There was a song titled “What Jesus would do?” I learned of a movie of the same name based upon Charles Monroe Sheldon’s book. I found the bracelets and bumper stickers, along with cartoons, dog tags, plush toys, posters, flashlights, coffee mugs, t-shirts, necklaces, sunglasses, hats, and yes, even underwear!
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