What Would Brother Jesus Do?

Anthony Bennett

As I began to consider the sacrifice of Jesus for the good of mankind, my mind suddenly turned to the men He left to continue His work. I examined my own life, as a Sigma Chi, a Christian and, through this website, a man called to help other Greeks with their issues both in their lives and in their chapters. While the famed expression “WWJD” has in the past primarily applied to moral and ethical concerns, its implications for leadership should not be ignored.

In a sense, today’s Greek organizations have much in common with the Apostles. They were charged with preserving and spreading the message of their order by their leaders when those leaders left. They identified each other from outsiders by a set of secret signs and symbols, and they met in complete obscurity. While alive, they were ridiculed by the majority, but the faithful they attracted stood by them in unflinching loyalty. They acted according to a set of literature which unambiguously declared the rules by which they would live, and while some may pervert or only pay lip service to those ideals now, there are others who keep the faith and hold those standards dearer than any other.

If we imagine the Apostles as a fraternity, then obviously Jesus becomes the model for perfect leadership of that fraternity. What, exactly, did Jesus get so right that people were willing to go through the persecutions of Acts for Him?

Jesus proved Himself early, but was patient with His doubters (John 20:24-29).
Although Jesus performed nine miracles while alive, Thomas still doubted He had risen, with pretty good reason; after all, it’s a pretty unusual thing. Instead of being justifiably angry, He simply opened His robe and proved it to Thomas. Good leaders strive eternally to prove themselves, and they accept the burden of doubt as an opportunity to create confidence.

Jesus handled His social presence and the duties He had to His message without letting one cloud the other (John 2:3-5).
When a wedding party at Cana ran out of wine, Jesus turned pots of water into wine. While certainly a generous act, it goes much deeper than that. Jesus saw his social appearances as a chance to spread His message in a casual, friendly fashion; He recognized that heavier discussions were for another time.

Jesus was a kind man, but He got tough in the face of corruption (John 2:13-16).
Jesus loved without end, but He recognized when peace would not be the answer. When the money-changers had turned the temple at Jerusalem into a marketplace, He turned the people out and kicked over the tables. He wouldn’t stand for a house of God to be a “house of merchandise”, and He made that clear in a way a lecture couldn’t. There are times for subtlety and patient discussion, and times for radicalism; a good leader knows the difference.

Though He was the cleanest of all, Jesus stood by the darkest of sinners when the world was against them (John 7:53-8:11).
Jesus was pure, sinless, the most moral of many who claimed that crown. However, when the people came to stone a woman who had committed adultery, Jesus stepped into the fray, famously asking for whoever was sinless to cast a stone before any others. By so doing, He caused all who were ready to condemn another to consider their own sins, and asked of them the courage to forgive her. Good leaders must stand by their own, even when they do something wrong.

Jesus chose among the riffraff those who would best carry His message; that said, He by no means limited His interaction to those people.
Jesus knew He needed strong people to spread the Word when His time on earth was done, and he chose twelve. He knew they would work tirelessly to advance His work; for that reason, they became His most trusted associates. However, He still kept His heart open to all the people with whom He came into contact. Your fraternity or sorority should include your best and most trusted friends, but that doesn’t mean you shut the door to the rest of the world; in doing that, you would allow them to decide their opinion of you completely absent of any evidence provided on your part, which will more than lead to the Animal House stereotype.

Though Jesus was the master, He dedicated His life to the service of His people and His message (John 19:30).
The final words of Christ on the cross were, “It is finished.” His life, His work, and His reason for being came down to this final moment when, prostrate on a cross, He would sacrifice Himself for the good of the world. Your purpose as a leader is to advance the interests of the order of which you have the honor of being a member. This obligation does not end with graduation or the end of your term in office; you must always strive to conform to that noblest and best standard of humanity.

Anthony is a sophomore Sigma Chi formerly of Jacksonville University, currently applying to several institutions. He enjoys writing, the arts, and being a Sigma Chi. He is currently majoring in English with a focus on Film and plans to graduate in the Spring or Fall of 2009.

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