1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
I saw a post on Facebook about kids growing up with gay parents. The interviewer was getting the kids’ perspective of their lives. They didn’t feel like their families were unusual or weird or wrong. They all felt loved.
Once again, I wondered, Who decided being gay was the absolute worst sin ever?
Look closely at the verses above. Now substitute yourself into the story where the woman caught in adultery is placed. Feel her humiliation and shame. Substitute her sin with whatever sin you’ve committed. If you can’t think of anything, you’ve got a real problem because Jesus came to set sinners free. He came for horrible people. He came for murderers, thieves, liars, haters, scoffers, atheists, adulterers, fornicators, gay, straight, bi, transgender, skeptics, prostitutes, movie stars, rock stars, rich, poor, white, black, brown, yellow, green, losers.
I am the chief of these. I don’t have time to throw stones at you for your sin. I am a sinner saved by grace through faith. You may say I’m a dreamer. I’m not the only one.
Jesus gave us two commandments. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. Love your neighbor as yourself. How about you try to worry about your own log and let God be God? He knows what he’s doing.
I’m linking up @Kelli Woodford’s for Unforced Rhythms.