So, there are many people who have a fascination with professional wrestling.
Personally, I don't get it -- but on the other hand, it's so great to have that clear display of black and white:
Here's the Good Guy who must be loved at all costs, cheered for at all costs. (Never mind that 3 months ago he was the Bad Guy. Now he's shaved.) There are no compromises, no exceptions, no wondering, "What's the truth behind that?" There's no "behind that." There's just the Good Guy.
And by the same token, it is nice to have such a clear-cut Bad Guy. We can "boo" him no matter what, anytime he comes out and salivates and points his finger and makes amazing threats. We can "boo" him without any sense of fear that we're doing the right thing. Because he is the Bad Guy.
I'm reminded of a story our pastor shared years ago:
He had been talking about how silly wrestling is, so many federations and acronyms ..... and how that's a symbol of everything that is wrong with everything. One gentleman -- one you might call a "bull-dog believer" -- was right there on the front row. And there, on his wrist he wore a bracelet from one of those wrestling federations -- the W.W.J.D.
Pastor was infuriated .....he didn't know what it really stood for! (It's important to know the whole story before we act, isn't it?)
What Would Jesus Do? It's a wonderful thing to have heroes like that! It is a powerful thing. When we get into a spot and don't know what to do ..... when we have a lot of paths but we're sure that only one of them is going to lead us where we want to go ... it's a good thing to ask, "What would Jesus do right now?"
But there is a challenge. When we think about a hero that is so big, doing things that are so awesome, it becomes difficult to imagine, what would Jesus do in my situation?
In Scripture, there's a story about Jesus and the money changers, there is a story about Jesus and the woman at the well.
There's no story about Jesus and the emergency room, Jesus and the bad stock tip, Jesus and the office.
So, if those kinds of things are in my life, how do I apply what I find in Scripture to my situation? I have to think about it... pray about it: What is my adversary? What is the "bad guy" in the wresting match I'm experiencing?
And I remember how many presences and powers there are in the Universe -- there is but one God. Knowing that, if I have this Bad Guy out there who is stopping me from whatever it is, then I begin to realize something important about that Bad Guy - it's not real. There is no more room for whatever that Bad Guy is.
God gives his children life... It is time to live. God gives his children strength... It's time to get past it. God gives his children love... It is time to get done with fear.