glass houses

John 8
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.

His… Michelle

I’m linking up @Kelli Woodford’s for Unforced Rhythms.


And the LORD has sent to you all His servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, They said, ‘Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD has given to you and your fathers forever and ever. Jeremiah 25:4-5

What are we thinking? Do we think it’s all a joke? Do we really think we can get away with all the evil things we do? Do we think God is like a man whose mind we can change? Or like a parent who is pushed and pushed but still changes His mind? The day is coming when God will take back His common grace and the world will end. We don’t have to sit around waiting for the Mayan calendar to end, God has promised it in His word. But don’t blame Him when it happens. He’s been warning us over and over and over for thousands of years! How long will people ignore the Lord? How long will they sit with their fingers in their ears, their hands over their eyes? Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!

Choose Wisely

“Now you shall say to this people, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.  He who remains in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence; but he who goes out and defects to the Chaldeans who besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be as a prize to him.  For I have set My face against this city for adversity and not for good,” says the LORD. “It shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.”’ Jeremiah 21:8-10

Even in His anger, God is merciful. He is so kind and patient in dealing with us. He always gives us a way out of the bad choices, the mistakes, the sins we commit. All we have to do is believe what He says is true and obey His voice. But the way out may not be what we want. The Israelites refused to believe the truth. Many died when they didn’t defect to the Chaldeans as God commanded. Pride had them believe God would relent, not keep His word. How many people today will die because they refuse to believe the truth? God provided a way for us to live. His name is Jesus Christ. You, like the Israelites, may not like the way, but you do have a choice. Choose wisely.

His… Michelle