If Jesus walked the streets of America, His words and actions wouldn’t change much from then until now.
Jesus would tell us each to take responsibility for the poor, the widows, and the orphans. Jesus did not preach that was government responsibility. So what would have you done personally to help someone else who needed a hand? How do you care for the elderly on a personal basis? What part of your day, paycheck, or energy goes towards the less fortunate?
Jesus would tell us to render what is Ceasar’s to Ceasar, and what is God’s to God. So pay taxes without complaint. During Jesus’s day those taxes didn’t go to help the Jews at all. They went to Rome. So the question here is what belongs to God. What is made in the image of God? Humans, man and woman! We were made in the image of God, Jesus’s father! So what we are to give ourselves to God. How are you giving yourself to God? Are you living the fruits of the spirit in your daily life? Are you showing God’s grace and forgiveness to all? Is your life dedicated to living out God’s plan?
Jesus would be calling all to have faith in the one true God. He would be just as ashamed of pastors of today who corrupt His gospel for thier personal gain as He was of the church leaders of the past. He would braid His whip for the corruption of the church today. Jesus would cry at the way some corrupt the Bible and twist His words to say other things. Does your pastor encourage you to dig deeper on your own? Does your pastor use the entire scripture or just parts that help hammer home you pastor’s message? Does your pastor agree with all the words of Jesus or only use the one’s that make His point when taken out of context?
Jesus would continue to preach sexual morality in the very strictest sense. Jesus would tell us woman was made for man. That is why man leaves his father’s home and marries a woman. Jesus would say that the only place to have sex is in the confines of a marriage as God intended it. Jesus was very clear when He said if that doesn’t work for you, your other choice is celibacy. I don’t think this leaves room for interpretation. I also think Jesus would be kind and understanding of those that commit sins before condemning the sin; just as He was to the woman at the well and the woman caught in adultery. So are we allowing sin to continue because we are more afraid of society than God? Do we get our right and wrong from the Word or from the World? Are we living a sinless life according to the standards of God? Are we trusting God to show love through us?
Jesus said But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? and Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! He believed we are more valuable than the birds or the grass. Jesus also speaks about using God’s gifts wisely. I think it is respectful to God to use resources wisely but I also think it is a sin to put nature above man. So ask, am I using the resources God gave me wisely? Do I take the gifts of God for granted? Do I remember on a daily basis that God gave me all and I must respect everything?
Jesus said “I am the truth, the way and the life!” There is no way to the Father except through Him. Jesus prayed and cried for the soils of a wicked and perverse nation that reject Him. Jesus said that He died for all that believe in Him. Jesus did not mince words, He said if you desire everlasting life pick up your cross and follow me. He did not say it would be easy or popular. He said people will disagree and say your crazy and your wrong. Jesus taught denying self was worthwhile, not we all will be ok if we are just kind to eachother. Do we believe God is the only God? Do we believe Jesus died for us? Do we try to honor God with our hearts on everything? Are we actively carrying the cross of our Savior because we believe?
Jesus might not have believed in living by the sword but He definitely told His disciples to be equipped. I think this issue comes down to trust and faith. I trust God with my safety, I don’t need a gun. I don’t have a problem with licensed gun ownership. This isn’t a hot issue for me. I think God would say, do not fear. I think Jesus would tell us not to worry God’s got us. As a Christian that’s my response. Of course Jesus condemns the worship of anything except God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. So asking what Jesus would do… Would he want me to live in fear? Do I put anything above God? Do I trust God to keep me safe?
Jesus would have loved refugees. Jesus would have prayed to God and trusted God to feed the 5,000. Jesus wouldn’t have demanded the government ship out food or provide lunch for those in need. Jesus would pray and do what He could. If you feel lead to help the immigrants, sponsor one. Pray God provides. Go to them. Go through the channels to provide the services they need. I’m not saying God doesn’t love refugees but it’s a Christian’s responsibility, not the governments. So live out Jesus’s example, pray or go to the immigrant, those in need. Send food, research US immigration law and learn how to legally get more here. Are you putting yourself out there or are you just mad others aren’t doing enough?
Jesus did heal many. He used his God given gifts to do this. He gave of His time and His energy. He spoke that each person should lend aid to his neighbor and said everyone is your neighbor. Jesus never once said government should pay for the care. Jesus didn’t expect government to heal the sick. Jesus didn’t petition Ceasar for better healthcare, Jesus got His hands dirty. The story about the good Samaritan isn’t that the Samaritan took the injured man to a hospital and let his insurance care for the man. No the Samaritan gave of himself, his own time and money. So are we living as Jesus did, each helping our neighbor, each putting yourself out to help anyone we see sick or needy? Do we pray constantly for our sick neighbors? Do we help them with care financially or physically?
Jesus believed in the world of God. He saw the heart of people. If I see a fellow Christian missing God’s blessings because of sin his/her life, then I am to kindly approach him/her with God’s truth, in a loving manner to help bring them back to Christ. That should be done only after considerable prayer and consideration, with a heart to heal not to condemn.
God’s way is hard. It sometimes seems contradictory. We are to love all but have high standards of right and wrong. We are forgiven completely and forever but God wants us to pick up the cross and sin no more. We are not to judge but are to judge others by thier fruits. We are to love others first without prejudice but the only way to God is through Jesus. There are more.
God wants to enter into a relationship with us. He is an amazing God, gives us a constant flow of amazing gifts we should want to honor Him with our lives. The more our hearts are for Jesus, the deeper our relationship is and the more we want to grow in Him. We should hold those we love accountable in Christ. We should speak the truth in love. Jesus didn’t sugar coat the truth but he was loving in His approach. Jesus didn’t change to fit the world.
I know I can’t condemn others who a broad stroke because I fail often. I don’t live as Jesus did. I get tired and lazy and selfish. I like the way the world thinks, it’s easier than following Jesus. I believe Jesus is the way, truth, and life but sometimes I don’t live like it. So I answer what would Jesus do. I answer what does Jesus want for us. I don’t blame you if you fall short, I know I have.
Matthew 10:5-42 NASB
 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans;  but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.  Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts,  or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support.  And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that city.  As you enter the house, give it your greeting.  If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace.  Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.  Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.  “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.  But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues;  and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.  But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say.  For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.  “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.  You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.  “But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.  “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master.  It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!  “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.  What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.  Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.  “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.  But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.  “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I came to set A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW;  and a MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.  “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.  He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.  “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.  He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.  And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”
Luke 10:30-37 NASB
 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead.  And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion,  and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him.  On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’  Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?”  And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
John 4:31-42 NASB
 Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”  But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”  So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?”  Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.  Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.  Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.  For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”  From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.”  So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.  Many more believed because of His word;  and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”
John 4:7-38 NASB
 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”  For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.  Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)  Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”  She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water?  You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?”  Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”  The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.”  He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.”  The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’;  for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”  The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.  Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”  Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.  You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.  But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.  God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.”  Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”  At this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?”  So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and said to the men,  “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?”  They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.  Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”  But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”  So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?”  Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.  Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.  Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.  For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”
John 8:2-11 NASB
 Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them.  The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court,  they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.  Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?”  They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.  But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.  When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.  Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”  She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”]
John 14:1-15 NASB
 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.  If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.  And you know the way where I am going.”  Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?”  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.  If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”  Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”  Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.  Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.  Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.  Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.  “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
John 14:16-31 NASB
 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;  that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.  “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.  In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.  He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”  Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?”  Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.  He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.  “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you.  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.  Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.  You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.  Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe.  I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me;  but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.
(((Read all four Gospels for a more complete understanding.)))
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