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Rusty - April 19, 2005

I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine about a certain cultural commandment we have in the Church. She tried to conclude the discussion by asking, “Do you believe that if you asked the Prophet whether or not you should do X, he would say yes?” I was therefore supposed to assume he would say no (which was the answer she was trying to get me to admit to). She was offering a litmus test for all of our actions: What would the Prophet say?

Um… nothing. He hasn’t said anything and that’s the reason we were having the conversation in the first place! I suspect he didn’t say anything on purpose. What seems to be the better solution is to ask what the Evangelicals ask, “WWJD?” (“What would Jesus do?) Why speculate on the Prophet’s answer when you can speculate on Christ’s?

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  1. Of course, we could just put WWJD on a ruber bracelet and forget to ever really ask either. Really though, I like your idea. Speculating on what the prophet would say in any sense that makes sense seems a bit like telling the Lord he should give us revelation that he hasn’t.
    Steve H | Email | Homepage | 04.19.05 – 6:50 pm | #

    …besides, if you asked the Prophet all you hear in return is:

    “I don’t know that we teach that.”
    Rhonda | Email | Homepage | 04.19.05 – 7:00 pm | #

    Why speculate on the Prophet’s answer when you can speculate on Christ’s?

    Amen, Rusty. In fact we have it even better. We won’t get an appointment with the prophet, but we have a standing personal appointment with his boss. Why not just go to the top of the organization with those kind of questions?
    Geoff Johnston | Email | Homepage | 04.19.05 – 7:19 pm | #

    Um… nothing.

    J. Stapley | Email | Homepage | 04.19.05 – 9:22 pm | #

    Just give up the poker games already, Rusty.
    Susan M | Email | Homepage | 04.19.05 – 11:08 pm | #

    LOL!! Susan, that’s hilarious. It actually wasn’t poker. In fact, I’ve only played poker maybe a dozen times in my life.
    Rusty | Email | Homepage | 04.19.05 – 11:46 pm | #

    I guess speculating on WWJD is good and gives us a certain perspective. But wouldn’t the better question be “What am I going to do?”

    Knowing what is the right thing to do is far different than doing it. If we are truly trying to be Christlike, then “what am I going to do?” is where the real rubber meets the road!
    Don | Email | Homepage | 04.20.05 – 1:21 pm | #

    I thought we put CTR on our bracelets.

    I’ve an inactive I home teach, he gives CTR rings to his employees.

    Interesting, what we retain.
    Stephen M (Ethesis) | Email | Homepage | 04.22.05 – 12:27 am | #



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