Back in the Middle Ages, which means somewhere in the 1990s, the acronym WWJD was a widely publicized guide to Christian ethics. We don’t hear much about it today, and sales of jewelry and bumper stickers bannering the letters seem to have declined. Why has its market value dropped?
Perhaps it is because the people who favored such a slogan thought they knew exactly what Jesus would do: he would support their often mutually contradictory causes. More likely it lost favor among biblical literalists after they read the Bible and encountered the Sermon on the Mount. They may not have liked what they read there. Follow Jesus and amputate an arm. That rare male who lusted would have to extract his right eye. Only a few haven’t found a way to wriggle out from under the weight of his command. So consign WWJD to the dustbin.