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Posted Monday, February 6, 2012, at 8:55 AM

There was a fad going about in the 1990s (for all I know might still be going about) among some evangelical circles which asked the question "WWJD?" Bracelets and other jewelry were sold, along with a whole lot of T-shirts.

According to Wikipedia, "the phrase 'What would Jesus do?' (often abbreviated to WWJD) became popular in the United States in the 1990s and as a personal motto for adherents of Evangelical Christianity who used the phrase as a reminder of their belief in a moral imperative to act in a manner that would demonstrate the love of Jesus through the actions of the adherents."

Hadn't thought about the WWJD campaign in quite a spell -- perhaps because it didn't particularly impress me at the time. However, the appearance of President Obama at last week's National Day of Prayer made me want to get one of those WWJD bracelets thingees and send it to him as an encouragement.

The President spoke of his own prayer life and seeking the guidance and strength of the Holy Spirit. All Presidents have spoken at these events, each attesting to a dependence on the Almighty. In such matters I take a man at his word. It is not hard to believe that any man burdened with the office of President would quickly become a man of prayer.

One begins to wonder, what would Jesus do if He were elected President of the United States? (Of course this assumes He could be elected by a majority of the Electoral College vote; not something which appears to be an absolute.)

WWJD with a Congress which will do nothing of importance, and then blame Him that nothing of importance gets done? (For the sake of a level playing field, the power of Jesus should here be limited to signing or rejecting what Congress sends Him.)

WWJD about the spreading national revolts from one end of the globe to the other; or the rise of anarchy from Damascus to Detroit, New York to New Delhi?

WWJD about the many nations (including our own) teetering on the edge of financial collapse from economies facing dangers rivaling the 1930's?

WWJD about news Israel may intend to bomb Iran in the coming months; with Israel committed to go down fighting and take the world with it if needed?

WWJD about as many people wanting to crucify Him as wanting to declare Him savior? Oh, yeah, He did face that problem; but so do most Presidents.

Ultimately, of course, it is never all that clear what Jesus would do; and being President makes no man omniscient. After asking "WWJD?" the best any of us can do is the best any of us can do.

There are those who hold that before the days of ultimate tribulation Jesus will return and take the Elect unto Himself unto Heaven, leaving the earth to self-destruct and burn to a crisp. That's what I'd prefer He do -- assuming, that is, that I myself can be found doing what Jesus would do.

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