In my paper I talk about WWJD. It is an acronym for What Would Jesus Do? The term originated from Charles Sheldon’s 1895 book “In His Steps” which explains what could happen if we asked ourselves daily the question “What Would Jesus Do?” The meaning behind it all lies directly in the term, What Would Jesus Do? Christians would imitate Jesus by doing things such as giving to the needy, or stopping themselves from doing things that he would not have done.
This term was designed into many different products such as bracelets (which were the most popular), shirts, jewelry, mugs, hats, shoes, bags, and more. These products vary in color and designs to appeal to the consumer and make people want to use them everyday in hopes of influencing them to walk in Jesus’ footsteps.
The term became very popular in the 1990’s and is still used today but seems to be losing its significance since people are using it less and less. Which is the argument I base my paper on. Are these products useful in promoting Christian ways or have they become a dying trend which consumers now only produce for a profit?
The question is whether or not people take the acronym WWJD seriously. This video is an example of how it is not taken seriously. They are using a Ford pick up truck, alcohol, guns and more to represent what Jesus would use, as a joke to what Jesus would do.
** Note: The headline under the video says “A music video to watch while you skip church this Sunday.”