So far, I’ve been reading a novel by Charles Sheldon, “In His Steps”. The book encourages the idea of the Social Gospel. Whoever takes part of this “Social Gospel” believes it is their duty to get rid of all the evil in the world like, poverty, inequality, crime, child labor, etc.
The book takes place in a town called Raymond, the Reverend, Henry Maxwell, is part of the Social Gospel. He challenges his people to ask themselves “What Would Jesus Do?” before they make decisions or take any actions.
When people started doing that, it just led them to make horrible decisions. Now my topic for English is, “Which aspect of the plot so far sounds most implausible?”
One example is one of the characters, Rachel Winslow. Rachel sings for the church and everybody loves her voice, and she is a very beautiful woman. Then a guy came up to her asking if she’d liked to go to a better job, who pays more. This, of course, is a once in a lifetime chance for her.
But when she asked herself, “What Would Jesus Do?”, she eventually turns down the offer because she felt guilty. She felt guilty of using her looks and her gift of singing and thought that Jesus wouldn’t take the advantage of his looks and ability to gain popularity.
This is very implausible and stupid, why would you turn down an offer of a lifetime. Nobody feels guilty because they’re pretty, and nobody should. Even if you’re rich or poor, you could be shy about it, but not guilty. If I were her, I would take the offer.
Another example is the town’s newspaper editor. When he asks himself “What Would Jesus Do?”, he stops publishing stuff that he thinks Jesus would not agree with. And he also stops publishing Sunday newspapers. And when he does that, his company almost goes bankrupt, because he has no content on his newspaper that people want to read.
This newspaper editor stops publishing popular content on his papers just because, a guy told him to ask himself “What Would Jesus Do?”. And he almost goes bankrupt, I mean how far do you want to go with this question. I mean you could try stop publishing content for a day, but he went too far with it.
In conclusion, I think the question “What Would Jesus Do?” is a very implausible question. It’s done nothing, but make people make bad decisions. The book itself is odd and the decisions that people make is unrealistic. But it’s interesting to read a new type of book every once in awhile.