Whaddya Got?

Wild One In the classic movie of 1953, The Wild One, Marlon Brando plays Johnny Strabler, a juvenile delinquent wrapped in black leather. In one of the most famous lines from the film, Mildred asks, “What are you rebelling against Johnny?” Tapping a tune on the jukebox, he lifts an eyebrow and says, “Whaddya got?” 

A few years ago, the Milk Producers began the “Got Milk?” campaign. Since that time the brilliant ad has been ripped off for everything from apple pie to zebra cakes. (I have a “Got Jesus?” bumper sticker on my bulletin board.) I heard one aspiring celebrity asked, “When did you know you had made it?” He answered without hesitation, “When they asked me to do the ‘Got Milk?’ ad. 

The religious leaders confronted Jesus one day challenging his right to say the things he said. He said to them, “You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.” (John -16) I love good arguments. I love to see good lawyers trap bad people in their own words. I’m impressed when I see people take a stand good or the cause of justice.  

There are three great things about Jesus’ response. First, he affirms that his decisions are right; not because he is all knowing but because he know the basis on which he makes decisions. Second, he is not alone. Understanding the fellowship of walking with God or in this case, standing with God, is key to humble confidence. Finally, he states emphatically that he stands with the Father and proclaims him as his origin.  

We should be a people who stand for what is right and just. Of course, there is a place for mercy and grace, but those things do not wink and look the other way when wrong is happening. In the past week we’ve seen a hypocritical governor, a shameless prostitute, a renegade preacher and several rubber legged politicians.  

Let’s have some people who take a stand for what is good and right. Let’s be honest about our failings and confident when we are right, not because we are smart or great, but because we are not alone, because we stand with the Father and we are His. So my question for you this week is, “What are you standing for?” 

telemicus out

2 Responses to Whaddya Got?

  1. J Neve says:

    That’s a good thinker, brother. I appreciate you making me pause; this topic has been touchy since my teen-agers developed mouths and opinions, and I’m still threading my way through that maze of “when to listen” and “when to slap.” I’ll probably write a book–complete with cartoons–before too long.
    Thanks for your posts; I like them, like any buzzard.

  2. cindy smith says:

    I agree!! It is what is missing in this interesting and yet sad political season. If we do not stand, and “wink and look away” we discredit his gift. I am convicted that I have been too tolerant and have been absorbed by the Babylon we live in. I will strive to be more aware… Good piece!

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