Saturday, September 05, 2015

Theological ethics and 'WWJD'

When Christians hear "WWJD" (what would Jesus do?) preached as principle/guideline for life, they should ask:

- is the preacher married, or looking forward to start a family? Because Jesus didn't.

- does the preacher owns a property, or servicing a mortgage, or looks forward to own one? Because the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.

The point: theological ethics cannot be simplified as WWJD abstracted from Paul's phrase "imitate me for I imitate Christ". The phrase refers to the precedent things Paul said in 1 Cor. 10, which he wanted his readers to imitate. So not in all things.

This means there's no easy way to theological ethics except through the cumbersome task of theologizing, which is often neglected (for better or worse) for the sake of "pastoral" expediency.

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