I’m not sure who came up with CTR, but I have always liked the acronym. It’s a simple reminder to make right decisions. At first, I didn’t like WWJD because of the fact that it may invoke the saviors name too often. I think that some people use WWJD in a flagrant way still. However, I was thinking about these two acronyms the other day and I started applying them into certain situations. In a way, WWJD is superior in some ways, and CTR is superior in others.
Choose the Right. In some ways it’s a subjective term. What’s right in a given situation? CTR gives the person more leeway to decide what is right. This is good because what’s right in one situation can be wrong in another. It fits in perfectly with free will. It’s good points can also be its bad points.
What Would Jesus Do? This is less subjective. If you are in any situation, think to yourself “WWJD?” If Jesus wouldn’t perform that act, then you shouldn’t do it. It’s that simple.
Let’s use Torture for example.
CTR. The internal thinking would be something like this “Should I torture this person? Well, torturing this person might help us back home. That’s a good thing right? Nephi was told to kill Laban, so, as long as it’s for good, I guess torture is the right thing to do…"
WWJD. “Would Jesus torture people? No, I guess he wouldn’t”
WWJD, I think can actually help us keep the savior in mind more often when making decisions than CTR. In some ways I like it better, but probably wouldn’t wear the T-Shirt.
I’m just sayin’