“Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”
We are always eager to remind God about the sins of others,
Remind Him about the “rules” He set.
So anxious to be His policemen;
“Hey God, here’s a bit of sin that you might have missed”
Doesn’t He already see all?
“He who is without sin, cast the first stone…”
Sure we don’t literally stone people anymore, but some us of are still expert marksmen.
We sit perched on our high horses,
Our bags of stones held tightly against us,
hurling them at everyone and anyone who dare sin;
We puncture a hole through the log in our eye
So that we can better spot the spec in our neighbors eyes,
And with all the haughtiness we can muster,
Forgetting that, “all have sinned”.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left…
See, the Pharisees were smart enough to know that they were not worthy to cast a stone,
but not us.
No, we stand, firmly planted, searching the ground for stones to cast.
Oblivious to the massive targets stuck to our backs,
We perform target practice on our neighbors.
It never occurs to us to walk away, why should it?
“Neither do I condemn you…”
We are indignant!
“What do you mean you don’t condemn them Father?”
“Let me tell you what they did!”
We proceed to list out their offenses.
We are lawyer, judge and jury.
We fight God for not understanding.
“Father, they are the worst sinners!! You can’t forgive them, you can’t!”
“Go now and leave your life of sin…”
And she walked away, whole.
She walked away, cleansed and forgiven.
We walk away, dragging our bags of stone behind us.
We walk away, the logs in our eyes bigger, the hate in our hearts burning hotter;
Looking for the next victim to execute.
We have so conveniently forgotten all our trespasses;
We never ever stop to think,
If Jesus decided to hurl even one stone at me, where would I be?
It’s not a new thing to see people judging others for things they themselves are guilty of. It’s been around for thousands of years and it’s not going anywhere soon.
My challenge to you this week is, before you point accusing fingers and judge someone, look into your life and check to see if you’re not guilty of a similar (or even worse) offense.
If you say you’re not, look into your life and check to see if you’re not guilty of ANY offense.
Be gracious, as you have received grace.