In the 90’s, the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?” (WWJD) became a popular sentiment among Christians, expressing the desire to live a life in accord to God’s will. A noble cause indeed.
But when it comes to theology, asking the same question has led to different results in different matters. Consider these examples:
Seventh-day Adventists teach that Jesus keeping Saturday as Sabbath is a powerful indicator that Christians today should also honour the holy day of rest (Mark 2:27). Most other Christians counter that the Sabbath was a Jewish institution and Jesus was adhering to his tradition, not setting a specific example.
On the other hand, Seventh-Day Adventists promote a vegetarian diet and total abstinence from alcohol on other grounds. The fact that Jesus did not only partake in these himself, but also provided for others (Fish: John 21:9-12; Lamb: Luke 22,12-15; Wine: John 2:1-10) seems to matter little.
So who is right? I am no theologian, but think perhaps asking “what did Jesus do” is a flawed way of making conclusions. I am a Seventh-day Adventist, and personally I share the former teaching but not necessarily the latter.