Jesus and Blue Suede Shoes

Charles Spurgeon’s question “What would JESUS do?” is very poor theology. It leads us to try to guess in our own power and makes us assume our ungodly choices are justified. Like putting a white jumpsuit over a 60-something beer belly with blue suede shoes and saying you’re Elvis. Scripture tells us when we are Christians the Holy Spirit acts through us to live in our context not to guess about Christ’s. We will recognize Him in others.

But when the Apostle Paul says to follow him, that’s discipleship. He’s doing what JESUS told the other apostles and disciples in the Great Commission to do, to teach what He said and did. We see it demonstrated and, along with Scripture, can feel safe in the interpretation not only of words but of action in ways we can understand.

But the real questions we Christians should be asking are, what have we learned and received and heard and seen from other mature Believers today? And how are we influencing others to seek JESUS by what we are teaching and saying and doing in word and deed today? Then we will be walking in Paul’s shoes, sandals not blue suede, fulfilling the mission JESUS gave us.

“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9, ESV)