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August 22, 2018 M Eporter PASTOR'S CORNER by Chaplain Rodney O. Catlahan, D.Min / Some of us remember bumper stick- WWJD? ers and bracelets with WIVJD on These were tough rekl life situations. them. The first time I saw these After each one of them the question was initials I asked the person what asked, "What Would Jesus Do?' Maybe, it meant. She said, "It stands for 'What Would Jesus Do?" Later I learned the his- tory behind it all. One Christmas my parents gave me a book, "In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?" As I did research for this article I learned that the book was written by an evangelical Christian writer, Charles M. Sheldon. His 1896 novel became the catalyst for the 1990's WIVJD movement. His book has been printed in several languages and sold over 30 mil- lion copies. However, the author never benefited from the sales. In Sheldon's novel, Rev. Henry Maxwell, pastor of First Church Raymond, possibly located in the eastern U.S gave his church mem- bers a challenge. He suggested that they try not to do anything for a whole year without first asking: "What Would Jesus Do?" CHAPLAIN RODIIY O. CAU.AHA D.MIN The novel developed around a cast of characters in various life situations. Their lives were transformed when they accepted this challenge. Today; consider how our life could be affected ffwe asked the question, WWJD, before all the moral decisions we made on a daffy basis. Let us look at some real life situations. We are driving to town and some kid pulls out in front of us. What is our first reac- tion? Some of us might blow our horn and think about unprintable words. WW D? In the grocery store, an older person with arms full of groceries comes up behind us. W~/JD? At the local burger joint, people with a different ethnicity look at us with an ugly expression. WWJD? We are sitting in church. The preacher takes a text from St. Paul's letter which condemns sexual sin. Our current lifestyle is contrary to the biblical truth on this subject! WWJD? It is tax time. As we are filling out our tax forms and we are tempted to claim more deductions than we are legally entitledto: WWJD? A friend says something that really hurts our feelings. Do we nurse those hurt feelings and plot a way to get revenge? another way of looking at all of this is to ask: "What Did Jesus Do?" (A new acros- tic, WDJD?) "what Did Jesus Do?'(WDJD?) In The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5, 6, & 7, Jesus gave principles which can be applied to all of these exampleS. In the first situation there was the kid driver. For a moment we are angry and are tempted to think bad thoughts. WDJD? He said, "Blessed are the pure in heart" Next, you are in the grocery line when an elderly person comes up with arms filled with groceries. WDJD? Jesus said, "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy" Now, you are in the burger joint facing ethnic prejudice. WDJD? Jesus said, "Love your enemies." Then, imagine you are in church. The preacher is preaching against sinful sexual lifestyles. WDJD. Jesus gave two good examples. There was the woman at Jacob's well and the woman caught in adultery. He confronted both women with their sinful behavior. He told the last woman to "go and sin no more." No doubt they experi- enced Jesus' love and forgiveness. That's what Jesus did! On the issue of taxes, Jesus said, "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what belongs to God." Finally; your feelings were hurt deeply by something your friend said. WI)JD? See The Lord's Prayer in Matthew. "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us:' You will need Christ's help to do this! I leave you with two challenges: "What Would Jesus Do?" WWJD? and "what Did Jesus Do?" WDJD? Col. Rodney Callahan is a retired military and prison chaplain who has also served as a hospice chaplain and in numerous other capacities. The Pastor's Corneris sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. at The Pickled Okra, 33 W Johnston St. on the Square. Georgia's 8th District Congressman Austin Scott was the guest speaker at the Aug. 14 meeting of Viet- nam Veterans of America Middle Georgia Chapter 946 at the Rock Springs Church campus in Forsyth. Scott arrived about a half hour early to talk with the Vietnam veterans individu- ally and accepted questions from the group of about 45 in attendance after he finished speaking. Claude Curlee, one of the organizers and officers of Chapter 946, said that Scott responded graciously to an invitation to speak and provided interesting information. He talked about current legislation of interest to the veterans, including the military budget, which includes the first raise for members of the military in years. He talked about services for veterans and gave contact information to help with obtaining services through the Department of Veter- ans Affairs. Scott told the Vietnam Veterans about a trip he recently made to Vietnam with other congressmen. His impression was that Vietnam's economy is booming. He saw a lot of new buildings, and the Vietnamese government asked that the U.S. bring ships back in for trade. Scott said it was unlike any other Communist country he has visited. He said it seems to have pulled itself back up from the devasta- tion of war. Curlee said that Scott wore a shirt given to him by the U.S. Marine Corps detachment at the Hanoi Embassy. He appreciated Scott's interest in the Viet- nam Veterans as shown by his choosing to wear the shirt to the meeting, and he especially appreciated the U.S. Marine Corps insignia on the shirt since he is a Marine. Scott talked about re- building the U.S. military, reform at the Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs and economic growth in the 8th district. He has a special interest in military Johnny Ptak and Mike Kuhr present a VVA Chapter 946 shirt to U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, right, on Aug. 14. affairs because of the num- ates the church letting the meeting, good for us, good ber of military bases in and Vietnam Veterans meet at for him and good for the near his district, especially the facility regularly and community;' said Curlee. Robins Air Force Base. making the group feel.Chapter 946 officers Mike Chip Garrison, pastor at that it has a home there. Kuhr and Johnny Ptak the Rock Springs Forsyth Chapter 946 serves a large presented Scott a shirt with campus, welcomed Scott area of Middle Georgia and the chapter's insignia in ap- to the meeting. 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